Local orthodontist offers Halloween tips for kids with braces

October 31, 2006

A local orthodontist is getting special recognition.

Dr. Michael B. Rogers is featured on a video news feature for the American Association of Orthodontists. It's part of National Orthodontic Healthcare Month.

This is a time for orthodontists to warn parents and kids with braces about what you need to avoid when you go out trick-or-treating.

Dr. Rogers has some advice for kids with braces on Halloween.

"I think it's important to stay away from anything hard, chewy, chunky, or sticky. I was once a kid myself...so we as orthodontists know people are going to eat candy, but we like for them to have the softer candy and be sure to brush their teeth after they eat."

If you eat hard candy, you may bend your wires. If you bend your wires, it's important for you to call your orthodontist.

Dr. Rogers says candy like peanut brittle is the worst kind of candy for you. Candy apples are also not recommended.

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