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Not only does October usher in Halloween in all of its spooky glory, but October also brings us National Orthodontic Health Month. At Healthy Smiles Dental Care™ of Lansing in Lansing, Michigan, Drs. Rodriguez and Bettman want our patients to know how important orthodontics is to a healthy, aligned smile. Today we would like to share four tips to protect your braces (and your smile) this holiday season.

1- To protect braces, with their brackets, orthodontic bands, and arch wires, please avoid candy or snacks which are hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy such as caramel or bubblegum. Never chew ice, and watch out for popcorn, nuts, candies with nuts inside, and peanut candies in the hard-shell.

2- If you are indulging in more sugary treats due to the holiday, beat cavities by stepping 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.

3- 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.

4- For those wearing braces who also engage in sports, consider wearing mouth guards to protect your lips and your cheeks from cuts or damaged braces should you accidentally get hit in the face or fall down.

At Healthy Smiles Dental Care™ of Lansing in Lansing, Michigan, we are excited to offer metal and ceramic braces for our patients seeking a straighter, more aligned smile. To schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, please call us at 517-333-3160. Drs. Rodriguez and Bettman are excited to help you enjoy the upcoming holidays with a spooktacularly healthy smile!