July is National Picnic Month—the perfect time to head outside and enjoy a delicious meal with family and friends! However, you want to make sure you’re selecting picnic foods that will not cause damage to the brackets and wires on your braces. Our orthodontists have some recommendations for putting together a picnic basket that will be healthy for braces and delicious:
Soft fruits such as bananas, peaches, and blueberries
Take advantage of all the tasty fruit that’s in season during the summer months! These soft fruits are easy to chew and will not cause damage to your braces.
Cheese is a dental superfood full of calcium and protein, and, because it’s generally soft, it’s easy to chew. Cheese can also promote good oral health, actually lowering the acidity in the mouth. Best of all, string cheese is a super easy addition to your picnic basket!
Soft, raw veggies like cucumbers and peppers
Although you should mostly opt for cooked vegetables during your orthodontic treatment, these softer options are unlikely to damage your braces. These refreshing veggies pair well with hummus!
Hard-boiled or deviled eggs
Another great source of protein, eggs are very easy to eat and won’t damage the wires and brackets on your braces.
Although crunchy, chewy cookies and candies are likely to harm your braces, that doesn’t mean you have to skip dessert during your orthodontic treatment! Instead, opt for a soft and sweet option, such as pudding.
Skip the sugary sodas and juices that erode the enamel of your teeth. Instead, you should always pack water on your picnics! Not only is water healthy and refreshing, it is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your braces clean!
We hope you’re enjoying the beautiful summer months. If you have any questions or concerns (about your braces-friendly picnic, or otherwise) please feel free to call our office! Book a free consultation in Oak Lawn today!