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What does National Orthodontic Health Month mean for you? It gives us an opportunity to create awareness about orthodontics and the promotion of orthodontic health for our patients. At Frandsen Dental in West Jordan, Utah, Dr. Frandsen and Dr. Dansie want our patients to understand how important orthodontics is to a healthy, aligned 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, don’t forget to be mindful of your smile:

— To protect braces and aligners, avoid any kind of candy or snacks which are hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy. This means caramel, bubblegum, and 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. 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.

At Frandsen Dental in West Jordan, Utah, we are proud to offer braces for our patients seeking a straighter smile. To find out more about our traditional braces, please call us today at 801-890-0030. Dr. Frandsen and Dr. Dansie are happy to help you enjoy the holidays with a healthy, confident smile!