Grapes are a wonderful treat. The crisp, juicy sweetness has been enjoyed for centuries all around the world. Many fans who’ve just got their treatment will want to know: can you eat grapes with braces?
Can You Eat Grapes With Braces?
Yes, it’s fine to eat grapes with braces. Wearing braces means you should avoid hard food or anything that requires big bites. Because grapes are soft and come in tiny bite sizes they’re almost the perfect food to eat with braces!
On our list of food to avoid with braces, grapes don’t meet any of the criteria to avoid so pass the test with ease. Cold grapes are often suggested for people who’ve just had dental work because they can sit in your mouth and cool irritated gums! Just make sure you brush 30 minutes after eating as they are full of sugar.
Eating Grapes With Braces Tip #1
If you’ve just got your braces on or had a big wire change then you can cut grapes up into smaller chunks for less chewing and less pain. Watch out for your fingers while cutting them as they’re notoriously slippy.
Eating Grapes With Braces Tip #2
As grapes are very sugary and have tough skins, you must brush your teeth 30 minutes after eating them. If you can’t wait to brush, then get rid of bits of grape skin stuck in braces or gaps in your teeth with an interdental brush or water flosser.
Water flossers like this Waterpik Cordless Advanced are great as a portable flossing system. Their best use for people with braces is actually for dislodging stuck food fast. If you don’t have room for a water flosser then a couple of different sizes of interdental brushes and a regular toothbrush to do the same work.
Are Grapes Healthy?
While all fruit is basically sugar, most fruits are high in fiber, contain important vitamins and nutrients, and are much better than sweet snack bars and candy. Recent research suggests that grapes could reduce cholesterol.
As a sweet snack grapes and other fruits are a good replacement for fruit juices or processed sugars. However, you should always limit your sugar intake by keeping to small portions and having a varied diet that contains a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fats.
What Fruits Can You Eat With Braces?
Other small fruits like blackberries, raspberries, blueberries are great to eat with braces. Strawberries are good too but you should try and cut them up first.
Larger fruit like apples, pears, bananas, and oranges should all be cut into much smaller bite-sized pieces. With the harder fruits like apples and pears, you should completely avoid ever biting into them, and be careful even with the harder chunks when cut up.
The softer fruits once cut up make for great braces food. Pineapple (let soften a few days), kiwi, and watermelon chunks are great ingredients for a soft fruit salad for braces.
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How To Eat Grapes With Braces?
Grapes or any small fruits as mentioned above go brilliantly with yogurt. Greek yogurt especially is a great braces food as it’s high in protein. Mix a small handful of fruit with some greek yogurt and oats, then leave it overnight in the fridge. The oats will soften and be easier to eat and you’ll have a healthy, tasty breakfast ready to go!