Foodstuffs To Avoid When Wearing Braces
If you’re dreading having braces because you think it means that you’ll be subjected to a liquid diet for the next few months, you will probably be delighted to learn that having orthodontic treatment doesn’t mean that you have to give up your favourite foods. There are some foods that are best avoided as it’s important to improve confidence with braces, without bits of food trapped, but for the main your diet will probably remain very similar.
Foods to avoid
There is no hard and fast rule that you can’t eat certain things when you have braces and nobody is going to lock you up if you eat a ‘forbidden’ food, but your orthodontists will probably give you a list of things to try and steer clear of because they carry a risk of breaking or damaging your brace or getting trapped in your brace. Here are some foods that may cause you problems if you have braces:
* nuts and seeds
* raw carrots and apples
* chewy sweets, bubblegum and chewing gum
* corn on the cob
* crusty bread and bagels
* meat on the bone, such as chicken wings and drumsticks
* hard boiled sweets
Sometimes, there are ways around giving up certain foods; for example, if you love apples and you don’t want to give them up for 12 months while you have braces, cut them up into small pieces, rather than biting into them as a whole fruit, as this will make them much more manageable. The same is true for pears, peaches and nectarines.
Sugary foods are a particularly bad idea if you have braces, as you have a higher risk of developing gum disease and dental decay because it is more difficult to clean your teeth when you have braces. Sugary foods erode the protective tooth enamel because they cause bacteria to release plaque acids.
As well as the foods you eat, the fluids you drink can also impact your health and even if you eat a healthy diet, if you wash your dinner down every night with fizzy pop, this is going to cause trouble for your teeth and gums. Avoid sugary and acidic drinks, which have very little nutritional benefit and are laden with sugar and opt for sugar-free cordial and juice, water or milk.
Foods which are good for oral health
You hear all about the foods that you can’t eat if you want strong, shiny pearly whites, but what about foods that are good for your teeth?
Calcium is very important for good oral health because it helps to build strong, healthy teeth and bones; without calcium, the bones and teeth are weaker and here is a higher risk of decay and injury. Good sources of calcium include milk, yoghurt and cheese.
Vitamin C is also important for good oral health because it helps to boost the immune system and facilitates healing; good sources of vitamin C include berries, citrus fruits and leafy green vegetables.
By: Richard Buckley