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Going Back To School With Braces

by televoxweb on Thursday, August 25, 2016 6:09 AM

Back-to-school season is already well underway for many of our younger patients in Nashua, Amherst, and Hollis. We know that school starting up again causes a major shift in your daily routine. Keeping track of your child’s orthodontic wellness can easily slip through the cracks. To help make this transition as seamless as possible, we have created a list of things you can do to prepare your child for going back to school with braces.

Send Your Child To School With A Toothbrush, Toothpaste, & Floss

Metal braces can often cause food to become lodged in between brackets or under wires. We recommend keeping a toothbrush and floss handy at all times in the event that this happens. Pack a simple Ziploc bag in your child’s backpack and remind them to brush or floss after every meal or snack.

Remind Them To Drink Water Regularly

Drinking water frequently will help rinse your child’s mouth, potentially ridding them of any food that might be caught in hard to reach places. Water is great for your child’s teeth, as it keeps your saliva levels high, preventing tooth decay and acids that eat at your enamel. If you are worried your child will forget to make trips to the water fountain, pack a bottle of water in their backpack every morning and tell them to keep it handy throughout the day.

Pack Braces-Friendly Lunches

As you know, eating habits need to change somewhat in most cases when orthodontic treatment begins. Your child will need to avoid crunchy, hard, and sticky foods, as they can break brackets and wires and even cause injury to your child’s mouth. We recommend packing lunches that are braces-friendly, incorporating the following foods as much as possible:

  • Tuna, chicken, or egg salad sandwiches with soft bread
  • Lunch meat, such as ham, turkey and bologna
  • Smoothies
  • Applesauce
  • Yogurt or pudding

Of course, this list is not comprehensive. Even with braces, there are plenty of other safe options. We have even written two blog posts with braces-friendly recipes for the fall and spring. Feel free to ask our doctors or staff about other foods that you are considering!

Contact Your Local Nashua Orthodontists Today!

While there are many ways to help your child take care of their orthodontic appliances, we understand that accidents do happen. In the event that you experience any loose wires or broken brackets, contact us immediately at (603) 882-2101 so that we can correct the issue as soon as possible. We wish your child a happy and healthy return back to school!


Orthodontic Associates of New England