If you’re wearing, or about to wear braces, then you’re on the road to a healthy and happy smile. Your newly aligned teeth will not only provide you with a brilliant smile, but they will also help you maintain optimal physical health as well. Misaligned teeth can lead to tooth decay or oral infections, which lead to more severe conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and pneumonia. Aligned teeth also help with digestion, and they make it easier to clean them. If you are wearing braces, it’s crucial to maintain good eating habits and oral hygiene.
Common Food To Avoid While Wearing Braces
- Ice (chewing ice)
- Sticky or Chewy Candy
- Hard taco shells or chips
- Apples or Carrots (unless cut into pieces)
- Hard Pretzels
- Caramel Candies
- Chewy Foods
The United States Department of Agriculture suggests following their MyPlate suggestions for keeping to the guidelines of eating from the five food groups. These are known as the building blocks for a healthy diet. You can click on their link here to learn more about overall proper nutrition.
Proper Oral Hygiene
The American Dental Association recommends brushing two times per day, two minutes each time. It’s also essential to continue to floss one time per day, even with your braces on. Colgate offers helpful flossing tips for you if you’re wearing braces. You can read about those tips here.
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