Snack time seems to be universally programmed into growing kids, but if your child has recently started orthodontic treatment, some changes are in order! You can’t rely on the crunchy, sticky, or brittle options you may have turned to before – and those might have been some of your child’s favorites.
But don’t despair, there are still plenty of tasty and healthy options that will satisfy your child’s hunger and leave his or her braces intact! We have seen this scenario many times as your Orlando pediatric dentist. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
In the Fruit Department: Bananas, citrus fruits, berries, grapes, mango, kiwi. Try them sliced or in a smoothie! Apple slices or applesauce also make good options.
From the Vegetable Section: Cucumbers, sugar snap peas, small cherry tomatoes, avocado slices. Eat them alone or with a savory dip like ranch dressing or hummus.
On the Shelf: Crackers that are not overly crunchy (such as saltines), rice-based cereal, soft-baked cookies (in moderation).
In the Dairy Case: String cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, hard-boiled eggs. These are packed with protein and are great sources of calcium for strong bones and teeth!
As you can see, there are many options for your child’s snack time, even with braces. View it as an opportunity to think outside the box, try some tasty treats, and find new favorites! Never hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns during your child’s treatment – as a pediatric dentist serving patients in Orlando, Maitland, and beyond, we are here to help!