Welcome to Friday Focus! This week we’re going to be answering the question “Can you eat popsicles while wearing braces?” The answer is unequivocally yes. While chewing ice would be considered something to avoid while wearing braces, this isn’t the case when it comes to popsicles because they’re much softer. That said, you’ll still need to be careful because they are hard. Instead of just taking a straight bite out of a popsicle, just suck on it or thaw it out a bit before eating it. If you bite into a hard popsicle you run the risk of damaging your braces.
Cold Foods and Pain Relief
Like ice packs, cold snacks like ice cream and popsicles can help relieve pain by numbing the mouth and reducing inflammation. That said, if you have sensitive teeth, you’ll want to avoid eating cold snacks or drinking cold fluids.
As Often as Possible, Avoid Eating Sugary Snacks
It’s always best to avoid eating sweets as often as possible, especially during all orthodontic treatments. Eating sugar causes tooth decay and while you’re wearing braces, teeth are extremely susceptible. You can avoid most dental decay related problems if you consistently maintain healthy oral hygiene, brushing and flossing 2 to 3 times a day. A good idea is to carry a travel toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with you to work, etc., so you can brush your teeth whenever you eat (or drink something sugary) throughout the day. At the very least, carry a travel sized bottle of mouthwash with you and vigorously rinse your teeth after you consume anything.
Your decision to get braces for you or your child is an important one, one that will yield beautiful results once treatment is completed. We’re here to make the process as comfortable and successful as possible. If you would like to find out more about your options when it comes to braces friendly foods, contact us today.
Ousama El-Hillal, referred to as Dr. O by patients, staff and friends is an Orthodontist at E&S Orthodontics. He founded E&S Orthodontics with Dr. Saavedra in 2004. He is driven to create Wide Beautiful Smiles Without Extractions.