Food Facts

The Think Before You Munch List:

Foods you can eat, but only if you follow the rules.

  • Hard shell tacos, pretzels, Doritos, Fritos, Cheetos, etc.: Break into small pieces, chew with back teeth.
  • Fruits and veggies: Cut into small pieces, chew with back teeth. Don’t bite with front teeth.
  • Corn on the cob: Cut the corn off the cob.
  • Chicken, steak, port chops, and ribs: Cut meat off bone, then eat.
  • Gum: Make sure it’s Trident with xylitol!

    The Don’t Even Think About It List:

    Foods you may not eat.

    • Ice
    • Nuts, slim jims, beef jerky
    • Tootsie Rolls, caramels, Rolos, Snickers, Butterfingers, frozen candy bars
    • Candy canes, lollipops, Jolly Ranchers, Skittles, Nerds
    • Starbursts, Twizzlers, Fruit Roll-Ups, taffy, Air Heads, gummy bears, bubble gum
    • …anything hard, sticky, or chewy!

    Other things that break appliances:

    • Chewing pens and pencils
    • Chewing nails
    • Using your teeth to open things
    • Picking your teeth with your fingers