Article by Dr. Leaver & Dr. Gardner
Christmas seems to be the time of year we are bombarded with the sweetest and stickiest of treats. As tempting as they might be, sweet and sticky is the wrong combination for those with braces. Sorry. There are even some foods that are prepared for Christmas dinner that should be avoided because they leave small bits and particles in your teeth that can damage them and cause tooth decay. For effective orthodontic treatment, you must avoid some of these foods and clean your braces properly. Here are some of this year’s holiday delicacies you should avoid.
Hard Candy Canes – Candy Canes are often used as a quick treat. Even those used to decorate our Christmas trees are sometimes later consumed as part of our holiday traditions. If you avoid chewing on the candy canes and slowly suck them down, it should prevent direct damage to the braces, Keep in mind, the sugar left behind must be cleaned quickly or you could suffer tooth decay. Due to the high sugar content in candy canes we suggest minimum consumption of this holiday delight.
Christmas Pudding – Christmas pudding and even mince pies and other chew desserts that are high in sugar is an obvious problem for those with braces because they can slip into the tightest of cracks. On top of that, these chew foods will clog up your braces making it difficult to chew. Cleaning will become a nightmare with foods like these since pudding gets into the smallest of cracks. Most often tooth decay is not far behind.
Crushed Ice & Cubes – Ice cubes often are used to cool down our drinks. As great as it is for cooling down or chilling your holiday beverage, avoid chewing them. Ice cubes can damage both your teeth and braces.
Hard Vegetables – Despite vegetables being rather healthy foods, raw vegetables will also damage braces and get easily stuck inside them. Other hard foods like nuts, stone fruits, etc can damage the wires and brackets of the braces if you’re not careful. If you’re looking forward to some vegetables, it is better to eat them cooked and softened and in small pieces.
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