Foods To Avoid

Foods To Avoid

Once treatment begins, we will review and provide a list of foods to avoid. Basically, it includes foods that are sticky, gooey or hard. And, no biting on nails and no chewing on ice cubes, pencils or pens or other foreign objects. Most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces can be avoided by following our instructions.

Examples of Foods You Can Eat

Dairy: Soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks

Breads: Soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts

Grains: Pasta, soft cooked rice

Meats & Poultry: Soft cooked chicken, meatballs, meat loaf, lunch meats

Seafood: Tuna, salmon, crab cakes

Vegetables: Mashed potatoes, other soft cooked vegetables, steamed spinach

Fruits: Applesauce, bananas, apples cut into small pieces

Treats: Ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake without nuts

Examples of Foods You Should Avoid

Avoid Sticky Or Gooey Foods, Such As:

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddy's
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst
  • Skittles
  • Gummy Candy
  • Fruit Roll Ups

Remember: Sticky and gooey foods can get caught between brackets and wires.

Avoid Hard Foods, Such As:

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • Pizza crust
  • Popcorn
  • Corn on the cob (cut it off the cob)
  • Apples, celery, carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Crunchy chips
  • Jolly Rancher candy
  • Pizza crust
  • Bread with a hard crust
  • Beef Jerky

Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets.

Minimize Sugary Or Starchy Foods, Such As:

Limit To Just One Per Day:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Soft Candy
  • Pretzels
  • Crackers
  • Lollipops

Always swish your mouth with water after eating any sugary starchy food.

Limit Sugary, Acidic & Diet Beverages, Such As:

  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Sports and energy drinks
  • Vitamin Water
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar, like lemonade

Never drink these types of beverages before you go to bed, because liquid pools in your mouth and coats your tongue and teeth with damaging sugar — and acid.

Drink water instead of soda. It has no sugar, acid or calories!

Always swish your mouth with water after drinking any sugary or acidic beverage.

Which Foods Are Most Likely To Cause Cavities?

Any food that contains sugar or starch can cause tooth decay by dissolving the protective enamel on your child's teeth. In fact, 90 percent of what kids eat (including foods like bread, cereal, and fruit – all essential to a healthy diet) contain sugars and starches that can lead to cavities. However, the real issue is not the amount of sugar or starch in a particular food, but how long it stays on your teeth. For example, some of the most damaging foods are those that mash into the tops of the molars at the back of the mouth and don't dissolve quickly – like gummy candy or starchy chips and crackers. Lollipops, fruit juice, sports and vitamin drinks and soda are also major offenders since they douse teeth in sugar for minutes at a time.

Make it a habit to swish your mouth with water after you eat or drink. If you have braces, it's best to brush after you eat anything.

Calcium-rich cheese cubes or sticks are a great cavity-fighting snack, since they can actually stimulate the flow of saliva (a natural tooth cleaner) and neutralize the mouth acids that wear away enamel.