Managing That Halloween Sweet Tooth

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HALLOWEEN IS OUR favorite spooky time of year, but when it comes to sugar’s effects on teeth, all that candy can be downright scary. The reason sugar is bad for our teeth is that it feeds harmful oral bacteria that excrete acid, and the acid erodes enamel and leads to tooth decay. So how can we keep our costumed Halloween adventures clear of tooth decay? Ranking Candy On Dental Health Very few houses give away treats like sugar-free xylitol gum to trick-or-treaters, so the chances are slim that the candy will actually be healthy. However, some types of sugary candy are worse than others, or present different kinds of problems. Hard candy is a problem because there’s a risk of breaking our teeth if we chew it, but sucking on it isn’t safe either because that means holding a source of sugar in our mouths for an extended period. Sour candies are like a double attack…

Candy Buy Back

CANDY BUY BACK! We want your STICKY, CHEWY, GOOEY CANDY that’s no good for braces! From November 1st – 16th we will be collecting your unwanted and left over Halloween candy. For every 1 pound of candy donated, you will receive 10 extra points on your rewards card (up to 10 pounds of candy)! AND two lucky winners will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

How Orthodontic Patients Can Avoid a Sticky Situation this Halloween

Five orthodontic-friendly recommendations from McSURDY Orthodontists October is National Orthodontic Health Month. And each October, thousands of kids have one thing on their mind: Halloween candy!  For orthodontists, the Halloween season is all about helping patients avoid potentially sticky situations. October is the perfect time of year to learn about orthodontic health and how an orthodontist helps patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. Besides, everyone knows that Halloween candy can give any orthodontist a scare! Here are five timely tips to help protect braces, aligners and other orthodontic “appliances” while protecting teeth from decay. Let sticky foods RIP. If it’s hard, sticky, chewy or crunchy, stay away! Avoid caramel, taffy, bubblegum, licorice, gummies or any snack that can damage brackets or wires. Also, be sure to say “boo” to hard-shelled peanut candies, nuts or nut-filled candies, taco chips and popcorn (especially un-popped kernels). Choose “spooktacularly” soft foods. Opt for soft chocolates, peppermint…

2017 Flex Dollars

NOW is the time to use your 2017 Flex Dollars  on your current or new Orthodontic Treatment Don’t let your 2017 FSA (flex) money go to waste! You could lose your money if you don’t spend it by December 31st. Check with your company’s HR administrator as you may be able to apply your FSA dollars to your current orthodontic treatment. It is also time to start planning ahead for your 2018 FSA. Reduce your out of pocket expenses on your orthodontic treatment by enrolling in your company’s FSA program and apply the pre-tax dollars towards your new smile. Remember FSA funds can be used on both traditional braces as well as Invisalign treatment. Call our office today to set up a consultation for your or your family member at .  

National Orthodontic Health Month

In honor of National Orthodontic Health Month, our office is giving away 1  Oral-B Vitality tooth brush every Friday through the month of October. Simply leave a comment with your favorite BRACE FRIENDLY  (this means nothing sticky or chewy) on our Facebook page and you are entered into the raffle! Winner must come into the office to pick up their prize. One entry per person. Say “BOO!” to sticky, gooey Halloween treats. Say “Yes!” to keeping your smile clean and healthy. Be sure to floss and brush after any sweet treat.