The basic principle is to go for food that does not have chewed much. Such food should involve the teeth as little as possible. Food ingredients that are crunchy and hard will damage the braces and cause pain. Select soft bread or soft cereal for breakfast. Oatmeal is also a good choice. Instead of toasting the bed hard, give it to him or her fresh. Vegetables can be softened up by cooking them in gravy or made into a soup.
Avoid food that sticks to the teeth like pop corn, crunch and granola bars. These food get stuck to the braces and damage them. Also reduce the amount of starchy foods because they increase the buildup of plaque in teeth.
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Soups are not only delicious and nutritious but are also easy to swallow and eat. It is the best way to incorporate chicken and vegetable into your child's diet with putting burden on his/her teeth. Incorporate at least a single serving of soup daily in the child's intake.
Try to give most food in a liquid or smooth paste form. If your child is demanding to eat apples which are crunchy and may hurt his/her teeth, you can make him or her an apple juice to satisfy the craving.
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Cut fruits and other food items into bite sized pieces to ease the work for the teeth. The more finely your process food before it enters the mouth, the better it is. Encourage the child to make bites for himself on the plate using knife and fork, instead of biting out of the whole using his teeth.
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