LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 (UPI) — A U.S. orthodontist says the number of emergency orthodontia visits peak at Halloween.
Dr. Gilbert Snow of Los Angeles says a recent survey of orthodontists indicates 78 percent report an increase of at least 10 percent — and another 20 percent report a 25 percent increase in emergency visits.
Snow says among the worst offenders are sugary, stick-to-your-teeth candies and gum, but Halloween party favorites like bobbing for apples and biting into crust from pizza can also wreak havoc on braces.
The orthodontist says patients need to be extra vigilant about brushing, rinsing and flossing — as well as making sure they remove from treat bags pieces of candy or treats that can get stuck in braces and between teeth, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.
Parents who may have invested $4,500-$7,000 on teeth straightening can also be unhappy, after hearing that their child has broken a wire, bent a bracket, or worse, via Halloween treats.
No survey details were provided.
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