Mouth sores, tender gums, and a sore throat can make eating uncomfortable. And after getting braces, your teeth will be sore which makes chewing and swallowing difficult.
One the day you have your braces put on, it is best to avoiding some types of foods which can damage or break your braces including hard, sticky, crunchy and tough foods.
By carefully choosing the foods you eat and by taking good care of your mouth, teeth, and gums, you can usually make eating easier. Here are some suggestions that may help:
Try soft foods that are easy to chew and swallow, such as:
- Shepherds pie (cottage pie)
- Mashed potato
- Pureed or mashed vegetables, such as peas and carrots
- Seafood including tuna, salmon, cod and crab cakes
- Bananas and other soft fruits
- Apple sauce
- Cottage cheese
- Mashed avocado/guacamole
- Scrambled eggs
- Ice cream
- Oatmeal or other cooked cereals
With irritates gums or mouth sores, avoid foods or liquids that can irritate your mouth. These include:
- Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, or other citrus fruit or juice
- Tomato sauces or juice
- Spicy or salty foods
- Rough, coarse, or dry foods
Other eating suggestions:
- Cook foods until they are soft and tender.
- Cut foods into small pieces.
- Use a blender or food processor to puree your food.
- Mix food with butter, margarine, thin gravy, or sauce to make it easier to swallow.
- Use a straw to drink liquids.
- Use a smaller-than-usual spoon, such as a baby spoon.
- Try foods cold or at room temperature. Hot foods can irritate a tender mouth and throat.
Have you suffered from sore teeth or the pain of new braces? What soft foods would you recommend eating?