Celebrate with Comfort: A Braces-Friendly Guide to Filipino Holiday Eating
The holiday season in the Philippines is synonymous with joy, family, and an abundance of food. But for those with braces, the festive spread can sometimes be a challenge.
Savor the Season Without the Stress
Enjoying a holiday feast with braces means making smart choices. Here are some traditional Filipino dishes that are both braces-friendly and festive:
Soft Lechon Kawali: Opt for a tender lechon kawali that's cooked until fall-of-the-bone for an easier chew. Make sure to get the darker parts as opposed to the whiter, tougher meat.
Cheese Puto: This soft cheese puto is an excellent alternative to stickier rice cakes, dissolving easily to avoid getting caught in braces.
Maja Blanca: The creamy texture of this coconut pudding is perfect for a braces-friendly dessert.
Holiday Cheer, Clear of Fears
Enjoy the season's festivities while keeping your braces and teeth in top condition:
Brush after every meal: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush such as Colgate® Cushion Clean Charcoal https://www.colgate.com/en-ph/products/toothbrush/colgate-cushion-clean-charcoal
and a toothpaste that has level up whiteners like Colgate Fresh Confidence White Blast Spicy Fresh to gently clean your teeth, brackets, and wires.
Floss carefully: Flossing is essential for removing plaque and food particles from between your teeth and around your braces. Use a special ortho floss threader along with Colgate® Total® Mint Waxed Dental Floss
Rinse with water or mouthwash: After brushing and flossing, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water or mouthwash such as the Colgate® Plax® Peppermint Fresh to remove any remaining debris.