How Braces Affect Holiday Eating
Most people’s favorite part of the holidays, aside from spending time with their friends and family, is the food. However, certain foods should be avoided if you have braces. When you first get braces put on, one of the initial topics your orthodontist may go over is the do’s and don’ts when it comes to foods and drinks. Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean these rules get thrown out the window. Following the tips below can help you prevent the breaking of brackets and wires, ultimately leading to the need of dental services in los Angeles.
Many delicious foods at the holiday table are easy on braces, including turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing and most casseroles. Soft foods such as these have little to no effect on brackets or wires because they don’t require much pressure or strain on the teeth. Foods that are a little tougher among this list such as turkey and ham should be cut into thin pieces to make it easier to chew. Following these steps allows your holiday plate to stay filled with delicious food, without doing any harm.
It is important to avoid eating hard and/or chewy foods such as candy canes, nuts, toffee, and lollipops. Some of the most common foods found on your holiday table. Many of these foods find themselves lodged in the braces. If this happens, then it is important to visit an orthodontist as soon as possible to handle all your dental needs.
Aside from the problem with hard foods, eating too many sugary foods with braces can also be problematic. Sugar leads to plaque build-up around your brackets that can permanently stain or damage your teeth. Without going overboard, your dessert plate can be filled with cake, pie, cheesecake and soft cookies. Drinks like eggnog and hot chocolate are a perfect sweet choice. However, make sure to limit yourself when it comes to the amount of sugar intake.
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