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At Frandsen Dental in Grantsville, Utah, we offer braces for our patients seeking an attractive and aligned smile. In honor of October’s National Orthodontic Health Month, we are excited to share with you some tips to help you celebrate the holidays while protecting the smile alignment process. You can certainly have fun and achieve a straighter smile!

Not only can braces enhance your image, but a properly aligned bite can improve how you keep your teeth and mouth clean, reduce periodontal issues and lower wear and tear on your teeth. So while you are enjoying Halloween, protect yourself by adopting the following:

— To protect braces and aligners, avoid any kind of candy or snacks which are hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy. This includes caramel, bubblegum, and sugary soft drinks. Never chew ice, and watch out for popcorn, nuts, candies with nuts inside, peanut candies in the hard-shell.

— If you are indulging in more sugary treats due to the holiday, step up your brushing and flossing game. Brush carefully around all of your brackets and wires, focusing on places where your teeth meet your gums and where your braces attach to your teeth.

— To protect your braces, stick with soft chocolates, peppermint patties, peanut butter cups and other treats that melt in your mouth and can easily be washed away.

— For those wearing braces and who also engage in sports, wear mouthguards to protect your lips and your cheeks from cuts or damaged braces should you accidentally get hit in the face or fall down.

Our team at Frandsen Dental in Grantsville, Utah, encourages balance in all things. Take the time to enjoy each day but do so mindfully by being proactive and taking good care of your teeth and your braces. If you would like to schedule a visit or find out more about how braces can help your smile, please call 435-884-3002 today!