Eat This, Not That

Diet and Eating Habits

A well-balanced diet, minimizing sweets and sugared beverages is important. Hard, crunchy and sticky foods should not be eaten to avoid damaging your braces.

Eat Carefullyapple

  • Carrot Sticks – cut into the curls
  • Apples – Slice into small wedges; do NOT bite into an apple
  • Hard Breads (French) – take small pieces, chew carefully
  • Pizza – take small bites, avoid eating the crust
  • Meats – cut into mini bites and chew carefully
  • Crackers and biscuits – take small pieces
  • Peanut butter – soft only, never eat “chunky” style

Stay Away and Avoid Hard and Sticky Foodscandy

  • Popcorn & Nuts
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard candy & Peanut Brittle
  • Pretzels & Chips
  • Peanut Brittle
  • Taffy & Caramel
  • Gum
  • Gummy Candy
  • Tootsie Roll Pops/Lollipops
  • Jawbreakers
  • Slim Jims
  • Sticky Candy Bars, i.e. Snickers or Baby Ruth
  • Twizzlers

Habits to Avoid

  • Chewing on Ice
  • Chewing on Pens or Pencils
  • Chewing on Fingernails

Dr. Thomas W. Butterfoss and Dr. Jennifer L. Butterfoss Barton

  • Grafton - 4310 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Grafton, VA 23692 Phone: 757-898-5448 Fax: 757-898-4187
  • Hampton - 2111 Hartford Rd., Hampton, VA 23666 Phone: 757-838-3400
  • Gloucester - 3224 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Gloucester, VA 23072 Phone: 804-993-7500

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