Fall can be a really enjoyable time of year for you and your family. The kids are back in school, the leaves are changing, the air is cooler, and Halloween is here. This holiday is a lot of fun for kids, but Scaffidi Orthodontics wants to remind you it can also be risky, especially for your child's braces. If you have kids with braces, take a look at the following tips from the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) on how to keep your kids and their teeth safe this Halloween season.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS FOR ALL KIDS
Trick-Or-Treating is a favorite activity for kids everywhere. While it is a great holiday tradition for children, it comes with some potential risks. To keep your kids safe while trick-0r-treating, try to follow these simple guidelines:
- Young children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
- Choose light colored, reflective element costumes that can easily be seen at night.
- Avoid costumes that include mask, especially for younger children.
- Inspect all your children's goodies before they are allowed to enjoy them.
- Enjoy trick or treating in well lit neighborhoods and in groups.
HALLOWEEN TREATS TO AVOID FOR THE ORTHODONTIC PATIENT
If your kids have braces or orthodontic appliances, you will want them to steer clear of certain treats on Halloween. Many candies can damage your child's orthodontic appliances, so it is wise to avoid them while you're celebrating this fun holiday. Here is a list of treats to stay away from:
- Hard candies
- Chewy candies
- Jelly Beans
- Hard Pretzels
Some of these treats may seem harmless, but all of them have the potential to bend or break your child's braces, so it's best to avoid eating them all together.
BRACES- FRIENDLY TREATS
If your children have braces they may feel like they can't enjoy any treats on Halloween. However, there are plenty of safe options for them to choose from, including the following:
- Peanut butter cups
- Ice cream
- Thinly sliced apples
- Plain chocolate Hershey's
- Plain M&M's
- Three Musketeer
- Reese's Pieces
- York Peppermint Patty
- Junior Mints
- Whoppers malted milk balls
These are just a few alternatives to traditional Halloween candy. Helping your kids have a safe and fun Halloween- while at the same time protecting their braces-can be easy if you follow these simple tips and guidelines. Help your kids enjoy the holiday without having to visit Dr. Scaffidi for repairs on broken braces. IF your child does break a brace remember to call Dr. Scaffid's office right away to schedule a repair appointment which will be required to be scheduled prior to 3:00 P.M.