Can you eat strawberries with braces? Strawberries are safe to eat with braces! It’s almost impossible to find a better fruit to eat while wearing braces than these. The reason for this is that they are soft and easy to chew, bite-size, and can be cut up and popped right into your mouth. However be mindful of the small seeds that can get stuck in your braces, so brushing and flossing your teeth soon after is paramount.
If you have braces on your teeth, try not to bite strawberries with your front teeth. Sugary strawberries can cause teeth and braces problems because the chunks, as well as the little seeds on the outside, can get stuck. Nevertheless, you can chew safely by popping the whole thing to the back of your mouth.
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Can You Eat Chocolate Covered Strawberries With Braces?
Yes, of course! With braces, you can still enjoy chocolate-covered strawberries. We recommend eating them with the back teeth and flossing/brushing as recommended above. If you have a loved one with braces, chocolate-covered strawberries are a great Valentine’s Day treat.
Here is a more extensive extended table of foods that you can eat with braces, including examples of each type of food and a description of how to prepare them:
|Soft foods||Examples||How to prepare|
|Pudding||Chocolate pudding, tapioca pudding||Mix pudding mix with milk according to package instructions and refrigerate until set.|
|Jell-O||Any flavor of Jell-O||Mix Jell-O powder with boiling water and refrigerate until set.|
|Yogurt||Plain yogurt, fruit-flavored yogurt||Open container and spoon out desired amount.|
|Smoothies||Banana smoothie, berry smoothie||Blend together desired fruits, milk or yogurt, and ice until smooth.|
|Soft cooked meat||Chicken breast, fish fillets||Cook meat in a skillet over medium heat until fully cooked and tender.|
|Tofu||Silken tofu, firm tofu||Cut tofu into small cubes and cook in a skillet over medium heat until heated through.|
|Mashed potatoes||Plain mashed potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes||Peel and chop potatoes, boil in salted water until tender, then mash with butter and milk.|
|Moderate foods||Examples||How to prepare|
|Cooked vegetables||Cooked carrots, cooked green beans||Peel and chop vegetables, steam or boil until tender.|
|Soft fruits||Ripe bananas, ripe peaches||Peel and slice fruits, or blend into a smoothie.|
|Soft cheeses||Cream cheese, feta cheese||Slice or spread cheese on crackers or bread.|
|Soft cooked grains||Cooked rice, cooked quinoa||Cook grains according to package instructions, or use leftover cooked grains from a previous meal.|
|Flaked fish||Salmon, tilapia||Cook fish in a skillet over medium heat until flaky and fully cooked.|
|Pasta||Cooked spaghetti, cooked macaroni||Cook pasta according to package instructions, then toss with sauce or butter.|
|Hard foods||Nuts, hard candies, ice, raw carrots, corn on the cob|
|Sticky foods||Gum, caramels, gummies, taffy, toffee|
|Crunchy foods||Popcorn, chips, pretzels, crackers, raw apples and pears|
|Chewy foods||Bagels, crusty bread, pizza crust, beef jerky|
|Sugary foods and drinks||Soda, candy, cake, cookies, fruit juice, sports drinks|
Food “hardness” and food “stickiness” should be considered when determining what is okay to eat while wearing braces.
To prevent bending or breaking the wires in your mouth, avoid chewing anything that has hard chunks. Damage can be caused to wires by popcorn kernels, nuts, seeds, hard candy, apples, crunchy vegetables etc.
Getting stuck between the wires and brackets of your teeth can be a problem with sticky items that do not “clear” the mouth quickly. The likes of gum, caramel, taffy. Avoid eating foods that stick between your teeth, even if you don’t have braces.
After eating, excellent oral hygiene is essential with braces. After eating, swish vigorously with lots of clean water if you’re at school/work during the day
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth thoroughly, but gently. Use a water pick to reach those hard-to-reach places, and use interdental brushes/picks to get between your teeth.
So, can you eat strawberries with braces? If you cut strawberries into small pieces and chew carefully, you can eat strawberries with braces. With braces, strawberries are a healthy and delicious food. Braces can be damaged by hard, crunchy, or sticky foods, so you should avoid these foods. Making your strawberries smaller will reduce the risk of damaging your braces and make them easier to chew. In order to keep your braces clean, rinse your mouth after eating strawberries with water. Ask your orthodontist or dentist for advice if you are concerned about eating strawberries with braces.
Healthy breakfasts or snacks can be made with yogurt or cottage cheese with fruits. Unripe fruits such as peaches and pears as well as apples can damage your brackets and wires if you bite into them.
You should consult with your dentist first to find out what kind of guide to follow based on your treatment condition before consuming your favorite foods.
For more foods, read our comprehensive post of what you can eat with braces.
Can You Eat Strawberries With Braces?
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