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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 10: Cucumber

cucumbersTeeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 10: Cucumber

Patients who wear braces to align their teeth know that there are some foods they’re just going to have to avoid, at least for the time their braces are in. Even people who wear Invisalign have been told by their orthodontist that some foods are more teeth-friendly than others. One of those teeth-friendly foods is the cucumber.

Why the Cucumber?

The cucumber is ever so good for teeth because the crunchiness of a fresh cuke scours them gently. At the same time the flesh of this vegetable/fruit doesn’t get tangled up in brackets and wires. Even if it did, the amount of sugars and starches left behind are minimal. A cucumber that weighs 50 grams has 1.7 grams of carbohydrates, 48 grams of water and 13 grams of calcium. It also has 8 calories, which may make it one of those vegetables that has fewer calories than it takes to eat it.

Serving Cucumbers

Though it is superb in salads, the cucumber is surprisingly versatile. A person wearing braces or Invisalign can enjoy cucumbers:

  • In cold soups and casseroles.
  • Mixed with Greek yogurt.
  • As ribbons of cucumber “pasta.”
  • As surprisingly tasty cucumber sandwiches.
  • As cucumber sauce served on cold fish.

Small cucumber called kirbys are perfect for pickling, which is a skill that’s worth learning.

What to Look For

Store bought cucumbers should be firm and dark green. Yellowing, pitted or spongy ones are past their prime. If the patient has some room in the backyard, they can grow their own cucumbers. They are easy to grow from seeds or transplants. Indeed, they may be too easy to grow, for under the right conditions cucumbers are rampant.

Call Childers Orthodontics

For more information on what’s good to eat as teeth come into alignment, don’t hesitate to call our orthodontist at Childers Orthodontics. Our numbers are (618) 438-2815; 252-0770 or 997-1800.

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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 9: Strawberries

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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 9: Strawberries

Factors That Influence Oral Health

During your six month checkup, there is a good chance that your orthodontist explains the importance of good brushing habits. While brushing properly is an important part of oral health, there are many other factors that patients should consider. Our eating habits top the list of maintaining good oral health. With so many sugary drinks and treats on the market, it can often be difficult for parent to select the proper diet for their children’s growing teeth. However, this does not only apply to children. Many adults are often confused about what they should and should not be consuming in their diets. By learning what to look for in foods, you will soon be on your way to a winning smile without the aid of invisalign braces.

Getting the Perfect Smile

For a healthy smile, you will want to look for foods that are low in sugar, high in antioxidants and have a high fiber content. While many will be concerned with the high sugar content in fruits, this is a worry that should be left in the dust. It is true that sugar is found naturally in fruits, it is not the same kind of sugar that is found in things like soda and candy. . For fighting that nasty plaque build-up, a diet high in fiber will help combat this issue. If you find yourself fighting gum disease, antioxidants may be the answer to your problems.

How Strawberries Can Help

In some cases, an orthodontist may run across a patient that has invisalign braces. For these patients, finding a fruit that is enjoyable to eat may prove challenging. Luckily, there are many options available to the patient. One of those is strawberries. Not only do strawberries help the overall health of your mouth, but they can also strengthen your teeth. The malic acid in strawberries protect the enamel of your teeth.Among the other benefits, strawberries are rich in vitamin C. This rich vitamin C fruit helps protect your gums. On a side note, strawberries can also be used as a whitening agent. Best of all, they can easily be packed for a snack on the go.

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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 8 Pineapples

pineapplesTeeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 8: Pineapples

Eat Nutritious Foods While Undergoing Orthodontic Treatment

After you begin to wear braces, an orthodontist will provide a list of nutritious foods that you should eat. You must use caution while chewing some foods because tough fibers can damage wires or brackets. However, when you chop fruit into tiny pieces or squeeze out the delicious juice, you are less likely to have problems. Pineapples contain an assortment of nutrients that include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin A
  • Potassium
  • Thiamine
  • Vitamin B6
  • Folate

Eating Pineapples is an excellent way to improve your immunity levels to help your body heal faster. When you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, your gums will feel sensitive from wearing Invisalign aligners that are shifting your teeth into better positions, but vitamin C helps to reduce the inflammation inside your mouth.

Use Pineapples In Your Favorite Recipes

You can also use tasty Pineapples sections in recipes such as rice and chicken or dark leafy green salads. If you are making a chicken recipe, then make sure to remove the meat from the bones to have small pieces that are easier to chew. Cook rice until it is tender before adding the small sections of a fresh orange. When you want to have a salad instead, use fresh raw spinach along with orange sections to have a meal that is rich in minerals and vitamins.

Schedule Your First Appointment With Dr. Kyle R. Childers

At Childers Orthodontics in Benton, Ill., you can have an examination from an expert orthodontist. We offer orthodontic treatments for children, teenagers and adults with these devices:

• Clear plastic aligners from Invisalign
• Braces using the Damon System
• SureSmile imaging to make the best arch wires
• Retainers to keep teeth in the best positions
• AcceleDent Aura to reduce your treatment time
• Accurate teeth impressions with the iTero System

Contact us today with a telephone call to 618-438-2815.

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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 7 Watermelon

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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 7: Watermelon

Whether you’re wearing Invisalign or traditional metal braces, eating the right foods is key to successful treatment. Any orthodontist will tell you that you need to avoid certain foods such as gum, caramel and hard candies to preserve the life of your braces and keep them from being damaged. While there are lots of foods you’ll need to avoid with Invisalign treatment, there are foods that are great for your teeth as well.

Watermelon

Watermelons are especially great for teeth because they As far as fruits go, watermelon is one of the lowest in calories — only 46 calories per cup. That’s lower than even “low-sugar” fruits such as berries. Watermelon is also high in carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lycopene. Plus, it has citrulline, an important amino acid.

If you wear Invisalign, you’ll remove your clear tray before eating anything to reduce the chance of cracking the plastic. By removing the tray, you’re also enabling the carrots to scrub your teeth without anything being in their way. Your orthodontist will go over a full list of foods that you’ll be able to consume with orthodontic treatment and others that you’ll want to avoid. Here is a list of fruits and vegetables that are all relatively safe to consume while wearing ortho appliances.

Veggies: carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, cucumbers, salads and greens.
Fruits: watermelon, apples, pears, oranges, bananas and strawberries.

Call Our Orthodontist Today to Schedule Your First Appointment

At Childers Orthodontics in Benton, Ill., Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers expert care for children, teenagers and adults. Our orthodontist provides these treatments to repair misaligned teeth:

• Damon System – passive self-ligating devices
• Braces – traditional wires and brackets or color-matching ceramic brackets
• Aligners – designed by Invisalign
• Retainers – designed for keeping teeth in correct positions
• SureSmile – customized arch wires
• Propel – alveolar perforations for faster bone formation

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815

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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 6: Orange

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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 6: Orange

People who are currently patients of an orthodontist are told that they need to take special care of their oral hygiene in order to make sure that their teeth and gums remain healthy. This is true whether they wear Invisalign or braces, which can only be removed by the dentist. They’re warned that sticky, hard and crunchy foods can get caught in the brackets and wires or even damage them and are to be avoided. Even Invisalign wearers need to brush and floss when they remove their alignment trays.

Benefits of Oranges

One food that’s acceptable for orthodontic patients is the orange. The fruit is sweet and good ones are full of juice. Though the juice is admittedly acidic, proper dental care should mitigate whatever damage it can cause to tooth enamel. Better yet, unlike many of the snack foods that people who wear braces should avoid anyway, oranges are good for the health.

Oranges are famously abundant in vitamin C. One fresh, medium-sized orange provides 93 percent of the daily value of this vitamin, which is also an anti-oxidant. Anti-oxidants are substances that protect the bodily cells from injury from free radical molecules. But vitamin C’s main job is to stimulate the body to produce collagen, a protein that makes up a large part of connective tissue. Collagen goes into creating dentin, the hard substance in the tooth that protects the pulp chamber and is in turn protected by the enamel. Oranges are rich in fiber, the B vitamins, copper, potassium and calcium, which also supports the health of the teeth.

So instead of reaching for that piece of candy or stick of hard beef jerky, a person under an orthodontist’s care should go for an orange. It tastes good, and it’s very good for them and their teeth.

Call Our Orthodontist Today to Schedule Your First Appointment

At Childers Orthodontics in Benton, Ill., Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers expert care for children, teenagers and adults. Our orthodontist provides these treatments to repair misaligned teeth:

• Damon System – passive self-ligating devices
• Braces – traditional wires and brackets or color-matching ceramic brackets
• Aligners – designed by Invisalign
• Retainers – designed for keeping teeth in correct positions
• SureSmile – customized arch wires
• Propel – alveolar perforations for faster bone formation

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815

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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 5: Carrots

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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 5: Carrots

Carrots aren’t just a low-calorie vegetable that tastes great. This orange vegetable is very beneficial for your child’s teeth. There are many fruits and vegetables that are recommended for optimal oral health. However, carrots are especially great for a vast number of reasons. Here are three main reasons why carrots are a great vegetable for your child’s teeth

Minerals to Keep Teeth Strong

One reason carrots are great for keeping your child’s teeth healthy is because of the vitamins and minerals in carrots. The minerals in carrots are known to contain ingredients that protect against tooth decay. Teeth that aren’t as strong as they should be can end up moving which can lead to needing the help of an orthodontist. A professional can decide if braces or Invisalign treatments are needed in the future.

Kills Germs

Carrots can act as a type of cleaner while being eaten. As carrots are being chewed, they work to scrub the teeth of leftover food particles. Only a parent has to know that carrots are cleaning your child’s teeth while they eat this wonderful vegetable! Children that are protecting their teeth against germs will likely have less oral health issues in the future.

Produces Saliva

While a carrot is being eaten, it causes the person eating this vegetable to produce more saliva than normal. The overproduction of saliva works to help clean the teeth. In addition, the increased saliva can work to counterbalance bacteria levels in the mouth.

Call Our Orthodontist Today to Schedule Your First Appointment

At Childers Orthodontics in Benton, Ill., Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers expert care for children, teenagers and adults. Our orthodontist provides these treatments to repair misaligned teeth:

• Damon System – passive self-ligating devices
• Braces – traditional wires and brackets or color-matching ceramic brackets
• Aligners – designed by Invisalign
• Retainers – designed for keeping teeth in correct positions
• SureSmile – customized arch wires
• Propel – alveolar perforations for faster bone formation

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815

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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 4: Bananas

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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 4: Bananas

Consume Tasty and Healthy Bananas

After you begin to wear braces on your teeth, your gums may feel sensitive, making it difficult to chew some foods. Fortunately, there are soft foods available such as bananas, and this fresh fruit requires no special preparation. You can carry a banana with you anywhere to have it for a snack or dessert. Bananas are also nutritious, and the fruit contains these vitamins and minerals:

  • Vitamin C
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin A
  • Potassium
  • Protein

In addition to eating fresh bananas, you can use this fruit in other ways such as adding it to a milkshake or slicing it to put on top of cooked oatmeal. If you want an easy and tasty dessert, then slice bananas into a bowl before swirling chocolate syrup on top. You can also learn how to make delicious banana bread that is soft enough to eat while wearing braces.

Continue to Brush Your Teeth After Eating

When you visit an orthodontist for an evaluation, you might need to wear Invisalign aligners for mild malocculusions of your teeth. You can remove aligners while eating meals or snacks, but your mouth may still hurt as you become accustomed to the devices. However, bananas won’t make your gums hurt while you are chewing. Make sure to brush your teeth correctly after eating bananas and other foods to avoid having plaque between your teeth or from developing halitosis.

Call Our Orthodontist Today to Schedule Your First Appointment

At Childers Orthodontics in Benton, Ill., Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers expert care for children, teenagers and adults. Our orthodontist provides these treatments to repair misaligned teeth:

• Damon System – passive self-ligating devices
• Braces – traditional wires and brackets or color-matching ceramic brackets
• Aligners – designed by Invisalign
• Retainers – designed for keeping teeth in correct positions
• SureSmile – customized arch wires
• Propel – alveolar perforations for faster bone formation

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815

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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 3: Kiwifruit

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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 3: Kiwi

Buy Delicious Kiwifruit At a Local Grocery Store

If you are looking for a soft and tasty food to eat after beginning your orthodontic treatment, then buy some kiwifruit at a local supermarket. Kiwifruit has these minerals and vitamins:

  • Vitamin C
  • Iron
  • Vitamin K
  • Folate
  • Vitamin E
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Niacin

Kiwifruit is an edible berry that has a tough outer covering that you should remove. You can eat this fruit by slicing it lengthwise before scooping out the flesh with a spoon, or you might prefer peeling it first to slice onto a plate to eat the flesh with a fork. The flesh of kiwifruit is a golden or green color, and it has numerous tiny black seeds. Some individuals think that kiwifruit looks similar to strawberries, but it has a distinct flavor.

How to Use Kiwifruit

Sliced kiwifruit is attractive, making it an excellent garnish on the tops of tiered cakes. After you begin to wear braces or Invisalign aligners, you may notice that your mouth’s soft tissues feel swollen or painful, and this can make eating difficult. Fortunately, your orthodontist will recommend soft foods such as kiwifruit. You can add kiwifruit to smoothies or place it on the top of yogurt and oatmeal. When you eat kiwifruit, the tiny seeds may remain between your teeth or underneath the wires of braces, but you can brush the items away quickly.

Call Our Orthodontist Today

At Childers Orthodontics in Illinois, Dr. Kyle R. Childers understands what it feels like to undergo orthodontic treatment, and he will recommend a healthy diet. Our patients can contact us to schedule an appointment at one of these offices:

• Benton – 618-438-2815
• Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
• Herrin – 618-997-1800

We provide treatments for adults, teenagers and children with one of these types of orthodontia:

• Damon System – self-ligating devices
• Braces – ceramic or traditional wire
• Aligners – created with Invisalign software

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815

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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 2: Celery

celeryTeeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 2: Celery

Celery Offers Vital Nutrients

To have healthy teeth, facial bones and gum tissue, you should consume numerous vegetables instead of junk food. When you are undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces, your orthodontist will give you a list of foods to avoid that might break your wires or braces. Raw celery is a hard and fibrous vegetable that can damage your wires, but if you cook this vegetable thoroughly, then it is safe to eat. Small cooked pieces of celery offer an assortment of nutrients that include:

  • Vitamin K
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin C
  • Iron
  • Folate
  • Riboflavin
  • Vitamin A

Celery is naturally low in calories, and it will also add fiber to your diet to help you feel satiated after a meal.

You Can Cook Celery to Make It Softer

If you wear Invisalign aligners, then you can eat raw celery after you remove the devices. However, when you wear braces, you must consume small slices of cooked celery. You can add this tasty vegetable to a variety of recipes such as stews, soups and casseroles. Cooked celery absorbs the flavor and moisture from the other ingredients in a recipe, and it is easy to find in most supermarkets. You can also saute chopped celery in a skillet with margarine, olive oil, butter or spices to have a delicious side dish. Before consuming celery, always talk to your orthodontist about the best way to prepare this vegetable to protect your orthodontic devices.

Visit Childers Orthodontics To Straighten Your Teeth

Dr. Kyle R. Childers welcomes new patients at our three offices in these locations in Illinois:

• Herrin – 618-997-1800
• Benton – 618-438-2815
• Harrisburg – 618-252-0770

We are able to examine patients to determine if they require one of these types of orthodontic treatments:

• SureSmile arch wires
• Retainers for your teeth
• Traditional or Damon System devices
• Clear removable Invisalign aligners

Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815

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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 1: Apples

applesTeeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 1: Apples

You Can Eat Tasty Apples While Wearing Braces or Aligners

You might think that an orthodontist won’t allow you to eat apples while you are wearing braces because the hard fruit can break the wires or brackets, but if you cut this fresh fruit into tiny pieces, then you can continue to consume it. In addition, there are several ways to cook apples to make the fruit softer. You can buy applesauce at a nearby supermarket, or you can cook fresh apples in water, sugar and cinnamon to have delicious hot stewed apples. It is important to continue consuming a nutritious diet while undergoing orthodontic treatment to strengthen your teeth and bones.

An Apple Contains Several Minerals and Vitamins

Apples contain several vital nutrients, including:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin A
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Iron

It is easy to carry tiny apple cubes or slices with you to work or school to have a healthy snack rather than eating hard corn chips or a candy bar. Make sure to remove your Invisalign aligners before eating apples to protect the plastic devices. You can add raw apple slices to your green leafy salads, or it is possible to cook apple chunks in your favorite main dish recipes such as chicken and brown rice.

Call Childers Orthodontics to Schedule an Appointment

At Childers Orthodontics in Illinois, we offer an assortment of orthodontic treatments to straighten your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers can place these devices on your teeth:

• Self-ligating Damon System braces
• Clear plastic Invisalign aligners
• SureSmile customized arch wires
• Retainers to keep teeth in the correct positions

We make it easy to visit an orthodontist by having multiple locations available in Illinois, including:

• Herrin – 618-997-1800
• Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
• Benton – 618-438-2815

Our patients can use the Propel System or AcceleDent Aura device to reduce the amount of time required for their orthodontic treatment. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815