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Preparing Your Child’s Lunch If They Have Braces

By December 23, 2021February 10th, 2022No Comments

It can be incredibly hard for both parents and children when it’s back-to-school time. At this time, everyone is having to learn a new set of old routines such as waking up before the sun rises and going to bed earlier. Another thing you need to worry about is when kids have braces.

At times, the metal wires and brackets on braces can pose risks when certain foods are consumed. That is why you must be mindful as to what you put in your child’s lunch bag at this time. Are you unsure what to pack in your kid’s lunch bag?

If so, continue reading to find out which foods are acceptable and which ones are not.  

The Do’s and Don’ts of What to Pack in Your Child’s Lunch

It is crucial to understand which foods your kids can and cannot eat if they are currently wearing braces. Here is an overview of the good and bad options.

Acceptable Foods

The acceptable foods that you can give your children are soft while still remaining high in nutrition. These choices are great for their lunch:

  • Chicken
  • Tuna
  • Yogurt
  • Egg salad
  • Avocados
  • Canned peaches
  • Cottage cheese
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • Jell-o
  • Pudding
  • Applesauce
  • Sliced lunch meat
  • Sliced bananas and peanut butter
  • Quinoa
  • Soft boiled eggs

Foods to Avoid Packing

When your child has braces, you need to avoid anything hard, crunchy, or chewy in order to have a successful treatment. Here are some foods that you should avoid:

  • Bagels
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Popcorn
  • Licorice
  • Sugary beverages
  • Acidic beverages
  • Bone-in-meat
  • Beef jerky
  • Corn on the cob
  • Gum that isn’t sugar-free
  • Nuts
  • Hard candy
  • Hard pretzels

Tips to Help Your Child Care for Their Braces at School

While you can pack your kid the most braces-friendly meal ever, if they don’t know how to care for their braces at school when they’re by themselves, it isn’t worth it. It is important that you teach your child how to care for their braces. You should also equip them with the correct oral hygiene while they are away from home. 

That way, you can ensure that their braces, gums, and teeth remain in optimal condition. Here are some ways that your child can maintain a problem-free and healthy smile:

  • Use dental wax
  • Drink lots of water
  • Brush and floss after eating
  • Rinse with mouthwash

Now that you know how to ensure that your treatment has the best chances of success, you’re on your way to showing off your gleaming new smile. Contact the friendly team at I Song Orthodontics to get your treatment started.

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