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Oct 31, 2023

October, with its cool breezes and colorful leaves, marks the arrival of Halloween. As children and adults alike eagerly anticipate an evening of costumes, haunted houses, and treats, there’s another celebration that’s equally significant — National Orthodontic Health Month (NOHM). This month-long observance champions the importance of maintaining a BOO-tiful, healthy smile, especially when indulging in holiday treats.

Why October is Significant for Orthodontics

Halloween might be famous for its sugary candies and treats, but it’s also an opportune moment to emphasize orthodontic care. With many individuals — especially those with braces — indulging in sweets, the importance of proper dental care cannot be overstated.

Tips to Enjoy Halloween with Braces

For those adorned with brackets and wires, here are some guidelines to ensure a braces-friendly Halloween:

  1. Avoid Sticky Candies: Caramels, taffies, and gummies can cling to braces, potentially damaging the brackets.
  2. Say No to Hard Candies: Hard sweets can apply undue pressure on braces, risking breakages or bending.
  3. Opt for Meltable Chocolates: They’re less likely to adhere to braces and are easier to clean off.
  4. Maintain Oral Hygiene: After indulging, brush and floss diligently to remove any residues.

National Orthodontic Health Month: A Deeper Dive

While Halloween dominates the scene, the American Association of Orthodontists’ NOHM serves as a gentle reminder to prioritize our dental health and coincides with National Bullying Prevention Month. The AAO now works during October to help raise awareness of bullying.

In combination with the anti-bullying campaign, the AAO continues to engage in NOHM outreach.

Some focuses of this month include:

  1. Awareness: Shedding light on the benefits of orthodontic care for both children and adults and the importance of regular check-ups and timely early orthodontic evaluations by the age of 7.
  1. Education and Events: Offering resources and tips to maintain a healthy orthodontic regimen. Dental professionals may also host an event emphasizing the synergy between Halloween and orthodontic health by offering a “Candy Buy Back”.


  1. Promotion: Share recipes or giveaways that are both delicious and safe for those with braces.


October presents a beautiful blend of festivity and responsibility. As we immerse ourselves in Halloween’s joys, let’s also remember to safeguard and celebrate our smiles. After all, a healthy, radiant smile is a treat that lasts beyond any holiday. For more information about orthodontic treatment and to schedule a complimentary consultation, please call The Georgia School of Orthodontics at 770-351-7737 or visit


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