The holidays are a busy time, and sometimes good oral hygiene can get neglected. It is especially important for people with braces to keep up with brushing, flossing, and using the waterpik. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day using a fluoride-containing toothpaste, and floss and waterpik at least once a day. Use a mouthwash daily to kill germs.
There is a whole variety of holiday foods that can increase your risk for tooth decay and damage your braces. Limit sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soft drinks and fruit drinks, to avoid having sugar on your teeth. You’ll also need to avoid certain foods because they are too gummy, hard, or likely to get stuck in or damage your braces. It is also important to avoid foods that could cause damage to the braces, such as:
- Hard candies, like candy canes
- Certain raw vegetables, like carrots
- Sticky sweets, like peanut brittle and pecan pie
But don’t worry! There are a lot of holiday foods that you can eat:
- Turkey & Ham
- Pasta, like macaroni & cheese
- Mashed Potatoes
- Ice cream
- Pudding based desserts & pies, like pumpkin pie
- Soft cookies, brownies, and cakes
If you experience any damage to your braces, schedule an appointment with us as soon as you can. If a wire comes loose, simply place some orthodontic wax on the end of the wire to avoid it poking the inside of your mouth until you can get to our office.