June 3rd, 2022
Does it seem like your kids are always hungry for a snack?? If they have braces, be sure to have some braces friendly snacks available for them when they are hungry. Keep in mind, anything that is hard (nuts, hard candy) or sticky (caramels, gum etc) can result in broken brackets and an emergency orthodontic appointment when you would rather be having fun!
Some healthy summer snack suggestions:
- Fruit such as berries, oranges, kiwi and watermelon are refreshing, filled with vitamins and won't damage orthodontic appliances.
- Smoothies are a healthy, cool, and refreshing treat!
- Hummus served with pita bread or soft veggies (such as red peppers or mini tomatoes). Be sure to cut any hard veggies into small pieces.
- Cheese sticks.
- Ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sherbet are cool treats (but filled with sugar so be sure to brush after eating!)
If you have braces, please avoid eating some popular summer snacks such as corn-on-the-cob or popcorn. They can cause some serious damage to orthodontic appliances and brackets.
Be sure to brush 2x a day for 2 minutes each time and floss daily. We hope you all have a great summer break filled with lots of fun activities!