Oral Hygiene & Dieting/ Eating Habits
Diet and Eating Habits
Stay away from hard foods like:
- Ice (chewing)
- Pizza crust
- Peanut brittle
- Chips (Doritos)
- Hard candy
- Corn on the cob
Hard foods may do damage by bending wires, loosening cement under the brackets and bands or breaking the brackets and tubes which have been attached.
Avoid sticky foods like:
- Candy or caramel apples
- Fruit Roll-Ups
- Gummy candy
- Candy bars
Sticky foods can damage appliances by bending wires and pulling brackets or bands loose.
Brush/rinse immediately after sweets like:
- Ice cream
- Soda pop
- Shakes and malts
- Cake and pie
- Presweetened cereals
High-sugar foods increase the likelihood of plaque build-up. If you do eat them, brush your teeth immediately afterwards. If you cannot brush right away, always rinse your mouth with clear water after eating sweet food.
Eat with care:
- Carrot Sticks – Cut into thin sticks.
- Apples – Slice and peel into small wedges; don't bite into apple.
- Hard bread – (French, bagels) – Break up into small pieces and chew carefully.
- Pizza – Take small bites; avoid eating the crust.
- Meats – Cut into small bites and chew carefully.
- Crackers and chips – Take small pieces and chew carefully.
- Peanut butter – Smooth only; never eat “chunky” style.
Foods to increase Calcium and Vitamin C:
- Apple juice
- Orange juice
Calcium and Vitamin C are very important for healing bone and collagen that are affected by the movement of your teeth. Consuming adequate amounts of these nutrients daily will also help maintain healthy gums.
No Fingernail, Pencil or Pen Biting!
Put wax over poking wires and broken brackets to prevent poking:
Elastics help your orthodontist complete your treatment, your job is to help. Only wear the elastics that your orthodontist tells you to use:
Identifying different parts of your braces:
Keeping your teeth clean helps to complete your treatment healthy, non clean teeth can result to this:
This picture is the use of the Platypus Flosser. It allows the floss to get under the wire.
This is the use of a "floss threader" which helps thread the floss behind the wire.