Examples of Sticky Foods To Avoid

While you are wearing braces, please avoid eating hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar. Hard foods can break or damage the wires and brackets, and sticky foods can get caught between the wires and brackets. Minimize the amount of sugary foods you eat; the sugar can cause tooth decay and other related problems.

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

Example Hard Foods To Avoid

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pizza crust
  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Minimize Sugary Foods Like

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Limit To Once A Day Or Less

  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar

Breaking Bad Habits That Impact Your Dental Health

We encourage patients to quit bad habits, such as fingernail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects. All of these activities can break or damage your braces.

It’s important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. If you have a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our office immediately to arrange a repair appointment.

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PATIENT ALERT

Out of concern for patient and staff safety, we closed our offices on March 19th to help mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and were planning to reopen on April 4th.

Late yesterday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued an Executive Order prohibiting all elective, non-emergency medical and dental procedures until April 24, 2020. The order is considered MANDATORY and carries the effect of law. Any violation of the order can be considered a criminal offense. You can read about the Governor’s order at (https://www.vadental.org/news-details/2020/03/26/order-of-public-health-emergency-no.-2) and at (https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/Order-of-Public-Health-Emergency-Two—Order-of-The-Governor-and-State-Health-Commissioner.pdf) We are now planning / hoping to reopen our offices on April 25th, and will operate under CDC and VDH guidelines pertaining to the delivery of dental services, and the operation of public spaces in effect then.

If you believe that you have a severe and life threatening Dental Emergency please call our after-hours help line at 571-575-5790, and one of our team members will assist you in determining a proper course of action.

If you are having trouble reaching our after-hours help line, below are a few online services where doctors can write a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics.

We are truly sorry for the inconvenience this is creating for all of us, and look forward to seeing each of you soon.

– The Doctors and Team Members of Golden Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics


What can I do if I have a Dental Emergency?

You can call our after-hours help line at 571-575-5790, and one of our team members will assist you in determining a proper course of action.

If you are having trouble reaching our after-hours help line, below are a few online services where doctors can write a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics.

Online Urgent Care Resources: