LAS VEGAS, Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With Halloween a few weeks away Dr. David Alpan, a Las Vegas orthodontics provider, is reminding patients of how to celebrate without winding up in the office because of a broken bracket, bent wire or cavity.
"We're not saying you have to avoid all trick or treating goodies," says Alpan, who is also a TMJ dentist. "Just be smart about what you eat and how you eat it, so you don't damage braces or get cavities.
Here are some tips in honor of National Orthodontic Health Month for celebrating Halloween that will not create a scary situation later:
- Come up with alternatives to food-focused fun like decorating with colorful ties or bands on metal braces.
- Find sweet candy buy back deals at a local dentistry practice that swap patients cash for their candy. Organizations like Operation Gratitude take donated candy and put it in care packages for people in the U.S. Military and their families.
- Modify how you eat hard, sticky candy when possible, such as thinly slicing candied apples, crushing up toffee or peanut butter brittle and sprinkling on pudding, or melting chunks of chewy caramel into a creamy sauce.
- Soft chocolates are typically safe for people wearing fixed appliances like Incognito braces or the traditional metal kind, as long as the chocolate does not have nuts or hard caramel in it.
- Brush teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste for five minutes as soon as possible after eating.
"Sugar creates an environment conducive to the bacteria that cause bad breath, tooth erosion and cavities," says Alpan, who has been an orthodontist in Las Vegas since 1999. "So it is very important to brush for healthier teeth, good breath, fewer cavities and to avoid painful dental problems."
Visit http://www.aeortho.com or call the office at (213) 382-8228 to learn more about Dr. David Alpan and Aesthetic Orthodontics.
About Dr. David Alpan
Dr. David Alpan earned the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco and became licensed to practice dentistry in California and Nevada in 1996. He went on to earn his Orthodontic Specialty certificate at UOP in 1998. During the same year, UOP awarded him the Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) degree for his masters' thesis on the results of his two-year TMJ research project.
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