My Teen Wears Braces. Should She Avoid Raw Veggies?

by Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

My Teen Wears Braces. Should She Avoid Raw Veggies? No! It's true that hard, crunchy or sticky foods can damage braces. But kids don't need to give up vegetables and fruits. Instead they might choose softer types: perhaps a ripe peach or a banana rather than a crisp apple, or cucumber sticks rather than a whole raw carrot. Or they might cut these foods into bite-sized pieces instead of eating them whole. Consult your child's orthodontist for a list of foods that might damage braces.
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Roberta L Duyff MS RDN FAND

Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Author of "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Fourth Edition" and "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association" (both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey).




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