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Foods to Avoid

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.  Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems.  Nail biting, pen and pencil chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Swedish Fish
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pizza crust
  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Minimize Sugary Foods like:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy
  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar

 

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