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.
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
Remember: Sticky and gooey foods can get caught between brackets and wires.
Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets.
Limit To Just One Per Day:
Always swish your mouth with water after eating any sugary starchy food.
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.
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.