Top 5 Ways to Save Your Teeth this Halloween

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According to Dr. Gib Snow, a Los Angeles orthodontist, “The week after Halloween is one of the busiest times of the year for orthodontists. Emergency visits spike as we see children, teens and even adults who have suffered dental injury or damaged metal braces as a result of eating candy and other treats.”

Even if you don’t have braces, caution against overindulging in Halloween treats can go a long way toward preserving your oral health. Below, a few tips to consider once the bewitching hour is upon us…

1. Treats that are hard, crunchy or chewy can spell disaster for teeth. Try to limit indulging on these types of candy.

2. Soft candy, such as chocolate kisses or peanut butter cups, melt in your mouth and aren’t as damaging to teeth. Still, you should…

3. Remember to brush and floss after eating anything sugary.

4. After drinking soda or a holiday cocktail, don’t make a habit of chewing in the ice, as it can cause damage to tooth enamel.

5. If you wear braces, be especially good with dental hygiene, as candy trapped behind braces can lead to tooth decay and staining.

http://www.wickedlocal.com/whitman/mysource/boomers/health/x1722969925/Health-Watch-Trick-or-teeth

Vanessa Hurley

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