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October is known for kicking off the fall festivities, but October is also a favorite of dental and orthodontic practices because it brings us National Orthodontic Health Month. At Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Flint in Flint, Michigan, Dr. Steven Rodriguez and Dr. Brian Wisniewski are excited to share with our patients how important orthodontics is to create a healthy smile.

Correcting a “bad bite,” by aligning crooked or crowded teeth actually doesn’t just result in a more attractive smile, but it actually results in a healthier mouth. So, in honor of National Orthodontic Health Month, following are four tips to help protect your braces–and your smile–this October.

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 extra 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 our patients wearing braces who also engage in sports, wearing mouth guards will 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 Flint in Flint, Michigan, we are excited to offer metal and ceramic braces, along with Invisalign® for our patients seeking a straighter smile,as well as mouthguards. If you are ready to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, we invite you to call 810-720-6433 today. Dr. Steven Rodriguez and Dr. Brian Wisniewski, along with the rest of our team are ready to help you create your best smile!