This October is National Orthodontic Health Month. Local orthodontist, Dr. Susan Lempert, urges parents and children to be mindful of Halloween treats that have the potential to damage orthodontic braces. Sticky, crunchy and chewy candy will break orthodontic braces. Repairing broken braces is a time consuming procedure for both the patient and the doctor.
Orthodontic repairs require missed time from school and work. Use good judgement this Halloween and help your child choose softer options like melt-in-your mouth chocolates, peanut butter cups or thinly sliced apples with soft caramel dip. Remember to have them brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste after these sweet treats!
Dr. Lempert is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and together they are educating the public on how to have a brace-friendly Halloween. For more information check out the AAO’s Treat Yourself Right guide.
So what can you do with all of the leftover candy your kids have acquired? Dr. Lempert will be collecting wrapped candy in her Swedesboro office November 1st-4th and she will donate the treats along with toothbrushes to Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends the treats and toothbrushes to our soldiers abroad. For more information visit her website at www.lempertsmile.com.
If you have concerns about your child’s bite Dr. Lempert provides complimentary orthodontic screenings for children in her Swedesboro office. You can visit her website at: www.lempertsmile.com to learn more about her practice.