Moms usually make their kids’ favorite snacks when they get home from school. One of them is toast along with peanut butter and jelly. So it’s been a social debate whether kids with braces can eat such delicious bites. What does the dentist say – can you eat toast with braces?
Can you eat toast with braces?
Yes! You can most definitely eat toast with braces. Toasts are recommended breakfast or snacks for people with braces because it is soft and easy to eat. It is also a healthy option since toast is from whole wheat bread containing all the nutrients and fiber that your body needs.
Throughout your treatment, however, you should keep a few things in mind to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
When it comes to eating with braces, the biggest concern is usually getting food stuck in the brackets and wires which can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
If you are worried about the toast getting stuck in your braces, you can cut the toast into smaller pieces or toast the bread until it is crispy. Avoid sticky jams like honey or chocolate spread if possible. These can be difficult to clean off your braces and increase the risk of cavities.
How to clean your teeth with braces
Once you’ve indulged yourself with your mom’s toast, it’s time to clean your teeth.
Rinse your mouth with water after every meal to clean away any toast particles that may be stuck in your braces.
Use a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Be sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth, including the front, back, and top. In case you still feel some toast left, don’t be afraid to brush longer than usual.
It is also important to floss at least once a day to remove any toast particles or plaque that may be stuck between your teeth. If you have trouble flossing with braces, some tools are available to help. You can try to use an interdental brush or water flosser to reach the areas around your brackets and wires.
Don’t forget to include your tongue! You may get bacteria that get through the brackets and wires and cause bad breath as well as gum disease. Gently brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper to eliminate them.
Regular dental checkups and cleanings are also essential to keeping your mouth healthy while you have braces. These appointments will allow your dentist or orthodontist to check for any problems and give your teeth a deep clean.
So, can you eat toast with braces? Yes! It’s healthy and at the same time recommended for those with metals in their mouth. Cut them into small pieces, avoid sticky jams, and brush/floss after every meal. Regular dental visits are also a must to ensure that your braces treatment goes smoothly. They will be happy to help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful!