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If you have braces, you’ve probably already heard that you have to carefully watch your diet so you don’t break your appliance, suffer any dental issues, and delay your treatment. Well, to remind you of the specifics on the best diet possible when you have braces, our dentist, Dr. Michael Woody, is happy to share the details here.

First, please remember to stay clear of sticky, chewy, and sugary foods. This is because these foods stick to the teeth, break the brackets on your appliance, and promote dental issues (like cavities). Some examples of foods to avoid include caramel, taffy, granola bars, and Starbursts.

Second, make sure to avoid sugary drinks. This is because the sugar in the beverage promotes cavities, the acid in the drink attacks the teeth and causes enamel erosion (which could lead to sensitivity), and the color in the drink can stain the braces and teeth.

Third, do your best to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This is because drinking water can wash the harmful substances from your mouth, keep your mouth moist, help you avoid dental issues, and help you have a better overall health.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about a proper diet when you have braces in Carthage, Missouri, please reach out to Peach Tree Dental at 417-358-2233 when you have the chance. Our dental team is here to help you, so please don’t hesitate to contact our office!