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What can I eat when wearing braces?

What to eat and not eat when you’re wearing braces

When wearing braces it’s hard to figure out what you can and can’t eat. When you first get braces on your teeth they can be a bit tender and you’ll naturally go for softer foods. Even as you get more used to wearing them and feel you can manage different foods, you still have to be careful.

Remember the braces are designed to be removable, unfortunately the down side is they can be damaged when chewing certain foods.

Below are some guidelines for what to eat and what to avoid eating.

Foods to avoid

Anything that is hard or sticky is best avoided or eaten with care. They can either get stuck in the brackets, damage them or cause discomfort. Here’s a list of foods to avoid

  1. Popcorn
  2. Nuts
  3. Hard taco shells
  4. Sticky and hard candy
  5. Chewing gum
  6. Ice
  7. Pretzels
  8. Hard cookies or crackers
  9. Sticky or hard chocolate

Take care when eating

These are foods that you can eat but with care. Cut them into smaller bite size portions. Avoid biting into foods with your front teeth.

  1. Raw vegetables
  2. Croutons
  3. French / Italian bread
  4. Fruit
  5. Hard rolls
  6. Thin crust pizza
  7. Meat that is in big chunks (eg steak)
  8. Burgers
  9. Sub sandwiches
  10. Corn on the cob

Foods to avoid when wearing clear braces

When wearing clear braces the bands can pick up pigment from certain foods and drink, making them look a bit stained. The bands will be changed regularly so it’s not the end of the world but here’s some tips to avoid staining.

  1. Tomato based dishes, e.g. tomato soup, spaghetti bolognaise, etc.
  2. Red wine
  3. Tea / coffee
  4. Curry
  5. Dark oily sauces like spicy chicken wings
  6. Beetroot

Maintaining a healthy diet is very important. Soft food and cutting it up into bite size pieces can allow you to eat safely.

Examples of Foods that you can eat safely:

  1. Hulless popcorn
  2. Bananas
  3. Yogurt
  4. Light crackers or cookies
  5. Cheese
  6. Mashed potato
  7. Melons
  8. Grapes
  9. Peanut butter
  10. Noodle dishes such as macaroni
  11. Dahl
  12. Cooked vegetables
  13. Spaghetti bolognaise or other mince dishes.

 

 

 

 

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Keeping your mouth healthy

Brush your teeth, floss, don’t eat sugar – we dentists are constantly harping on about these things!

Unfortunately it seems as a profession we are failing to get the message across.
Most recent research shows that more than 80% of Irish people have gum disease!
Gum disease is a low grade chronic infection constantly draining your body’s resources. Let’s face it, it’s hard enough to stay fit and well with our hectic lives without another factor threatening our wellbeing!

Gum disease has proven links to;

• Diabetes
• Heart disease – HEART ATTACKS and STROKE
• Low birth weight and premature birth
• Pneumonia
• Osteoporosis
• Infertility in men

Not to mention Bad breath and tooth loss!

Even if you don’t suffer from any of the above, having a low grade chronic infection will contribute to feeling “run down” and “not 100%”.

The solution is easy; a dental health check and cleaning by your dentist followed by a good home care regime.

The ratio of importance is roughly 70:30 patient to dentist in the role of good oral hygiene. It’s important to get your check up and cleaning at least once a year but if you’re not doing the home care you will most likely experience problems.

Have you heard of the 21 day habit forming theory? If you can make yourself do something for 21 days it will then become a habit. After 21 days its easy because you just do it out of habit.
If you find it hard to remember to brush twice a day and for the correct amount of time just think of this. Find a way to make yourself do it for just 3 weeks and then it will be imprinted in your brain, an unbreakable excellent habit. Keep thinking 21 Days!

What to do?

1. Make sure you brush twice a day for 2-3 minutes (time it, it’s ages!)
2. Make sure your tooth brush is in good condition, change it every 2-3 months or whenever it looks splayed.
3. Use a soft or medium toothbrush of good quality.
4. Floss once a day or at the least, 3 times a week. Smell the floss, an odour means plaque. That will make you do it more often!
5. Gums bleed in response to plaque; if your gums bleed, there is plaque present that needs to be removed.
6. Use a disclosing tablet every few months to test your brushing effectiveness (if you don’t know what this is, we’ll explain it to you and give you some at your next appointment)

Some Dental FACTS

• Dental disease is the biggest disease epidemic worldwide
• Over 80% of Irish people have gum disease
• Full dentures have 15% – 20% of the chewing function of natural teeth
• Less than half of Irish adults have yearly dental check ups
• One in four people suffer from chronic bad breath
• The main cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene (63%)
• Dental phobia causes 75% of the population to suffer tooth ache rather than see a dentist
• 65% of all soft drink sales are made by children under 15
• Irish children eat 4 times as much sweets and drink 3 times as much soft drinks as Canadian or Norwegian children.
• Full dentures were a common wedding present in Ireland in the last century!

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Foods your teeth will love and hate

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Foods to eat

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