Every October local orthodontist, Dr. Susan Lempert, urges parents and children to be mindful of certain Halloween treats that have the potential to damage orthodontic braces. Sticky, crunchy and chewy candy will break the braces off the teeth. Repairing the broken brace is time consuming for both the patient and the doctor and requires missed time from school and work.
Instead, choose softer options like melt-in-your mouth chocolates, peanut butter cups or thinly sliced apples with soft caramel dip. Remember to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste after these sweet treats!
Looking for a way to get rid of all that extra candy? Dr. Lempert proudly supports Operation Gratitude and is hosting a Halloween Candy Dropoff at her office. Candy will be boxed up and shipped to the troops. The last day for drop-off will be November 7th.
Dr. Lempert provides complimentary screenings for children in her Swedesboro office. You can visit her website at www.lempertsmile.com to learn more about her practice.
Dr. Lempert graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Human Biology. She received her Master of Science in Oral Biology Degree, Certificate in Orthodontics, and Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from Temple University School of Dentistry.
Halloween, and all its accompanying candy, can be a scary time for teeth. Because Halloween treats can play tricks on orthodontic treatment, as part of National Orthodontic Health Month, local orthodontist Dr. Susan Lempert wants to give patients and the entire community a few timely tips to protect braces and aligners and other orthodontic “appliances” while protecting teeth from decay.
Avoid sticky situations with your braces by staying away from hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy candy and snacks. Sweets can cause cavities which means brushing and flossing are more important than ever during the Halloween season.
“It’s okay to enjoy some treats at Halloween without causing problems with orthodontic care,” says Dr. Lempert. “We want everyone to have fun on Halloween, and we encourage patients to enjoy acceptable treats in moderation.” The American Association of Orthodontists even offers orthodontic-friendly recipes for Halloween on its website at http://www.mylifemysmile.org/pressroom.
“It’s important to remember that when orthodontic treatment is complete, and patients see their healthy and beautiful new smiles in the mirror, they will know all of their efforts were worthwhile.”
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.