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October ushers in a change in weather and the beginning of sugary fall festivities, but it also ushers in National Orthodontic Health Month as well! At Jeff Jones, DDS in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Jeffrey Jones and Dr. Kelly Buck want our patients to know how important orthodontics is to a healthy, aligned smile. Our practice is pleased to create awareness about orthodontics and the promotion of orthodontic health for our patients aligning their smiles with braces.

Braces Protection:

— To protect your teeth and your 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 Jeff Jones, DDS in Dallas, Texas, 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 214.824.2130. Our dentists, Dr. Jeffrey Jones and Dr. Kelly Buck, along with the rest of our team are excited to help you safely enjoy the upcoming holidays while aligning your smile!