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October ushers in fall winds and sugar-laden festivities, but it also brings in National Orthodontic Health Month! At Haws Family Dentistry in Brigham City, Utah, Dr. Jayson C. Haws and our team want our patients to know how important orthodontics is to a healthy, aligned smile. Our practice is happy to create awareness about orthodontics and the promotion of orthodontic health for our patients aligning their smiles with braces.

Alignment Protection:

— 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.

— 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.

— 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 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 Haws Family Dentistry in Brigham City, Utah, we offer braces for our patients seeking a straighter, more aligned smile. If you would like more information or need to schedule a visit, please call 435-734-9144. Dr. Jayson C. Haws and our team are excited to help you enjoy the upcoming holidays with a healthy smile!