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If you want a successful orthodontic experience, it’s important to take very good care of your braces, especially as Halloween quickly approaches.

During the Halloween holiday, there are sugary and sticky treats that can severely harm your smile and appliance. This is why you should do everything you can to keep your braces in tip-top shape. You can do so by doing the following things:

-Brush carefully: There is a high chance that your Halloween candy can get stuck in your braces. So, it’s very important to brush your teeth as often as possible with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. If the soft-bristled toothbrush isn’t doing a good job, you can try brushing with an orthodontic toothbrush that has V-shaped bristles.

-Brush between your brackets: Make sure to brush between your brackets so you don’t have to worry about having cavities this Halloween. You can use an interdental toothbrush to clean these areas.

-Don’t forget to floss: Flossing at least once a day is very important, especially when you have braces. This will help you prevent tooth decay and gum disease this holiday season. If you have trouble flossing, you can use a floss threader or stiff-tipped floss.

-Attend your adjustment appointments: Make sure to attend your adjustment appointments. This will help you keep on track toward your perfect smile. It’s also recommended to visit your dentist every six months so you can prevent dental issues that delay your treatment time.

Please remember that the sticky, chewy, and gooey treats available on Halloween can break your appliance and delay your treatment time. So, it’s best to avoid eating these treats altogether. For more information and details about how to have a smile-healthy Halloween with your braces in Yuma, Arizona, please call Yuma Orthodontics, Inc. today at (928) 343-9559. Your orthodontist, Dr. Joseph Wilson, is more than happy to help you!