Many of the foods you eat cause the bacteria in your mouth to produce acids which eat away at the teeth. Sugary foods, such as candy and cookies, and starchy foods, such as bread and crackers can all cause acids to form. Plaque (bacterial film) buildup produces substances that irritate the gums, making them red, tender and prone to bleeding. After a while, gums may pull away from the teeth allowing pockets to form which will fill with bacteria. If the gums are not treated, the bone around the teeth can be destroyed. The teeth may become loose or have to be removed. In fact, gum disease is a main cause of tooth loss in adults.
For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Sugary foods cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing, and chewing on foreign objects should also be avoided.
- Gum (sugar-free or regular)
- Sugar Daddies
- Tootsie Rolls
- Hard taco shells
- French bread crust/rolls
- Corn on the cob
- Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
- Jolly Ranchers
- Pizza crust
- Uncooked carrots (unless cut)
- Ice Cream
It's important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, call our office immediately to arrange an appointment for repair.