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Braces – Friendly Spring Recipes

The doctors and staff at Oral Health Associates are pleased that spring is almost here just as we are sure most of our patients are! Soon the snow will melt away and be replaced by the wonderful sight of green grass and blooming flowers! We thought this would be a great time to share a couple braces-friendly recipes with you here that are perfect for springtime. These are healthy recipes that are easy to make plus they have been given the “green light” by your friendly Green Bay family dentist who says they are safe to eat while wearing braces!

Light & Easy Spring Rolls

These fresh spring rolls are healthy, easy to make, and filled with yummy ingredients that are sure to leave a smile on your face.


First, buy some rice paper wrappers (6-inch size is best) and be sure you have a few ingredients for the filling which may include cooked & peeled shrimp, pieces of avocado, red pepper, thinly sliced/julienned carrot and cucumbers as well as a few tasty herbs like basil, cilantro or mint. You’ll also need a nice Asian dipping sauce like smooth peanut sauce, hoisin sauce or soy sauce.

To get started making your spring rolls, prepare and mix together your filling ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. Take the wrappers out of the package and dip them carefully in warm water, one by one, until they soften slightly. Then lay each rice paper wrapper onto a clean flat surface and place a bit of your filling onto the wrapper, being careful not to add too much. Carefully roll everything up tightly like a burrito. Continue this process until all the wrappers and filling are used. Serve with dipping sauce and enjoy. (recipe source: adapted from a recipe at Sally’s Baking Addiction).

Super Easy Tuna Pasta Salad

This pasta salad with tuna is so easy to put together, making it great for those days when you’re pressed for time. And this dish is a sure-fire crowd pleaser so be sure to invite your family and friends not wearing braces to join you for lunch or dinner!


1 package (16 oz) rotini pasta
One16 oz bottle of creamy Italian salad dressing
1 can of tuna (6 oz), drained


Cook pasta according to package directions until it is softened yet still firm and not soggy. (Takes about 8 minutes). Drain and rinse with cold water until chilled; drain again.

Mix pasta and salad dressing together in large bowl. Mix tuna into the pasta. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold. Serve with your favorite soft bread and enjoy! Note: You can add some cooked peas to this salad to make it even healthier and tastier if you would like. (recipe source: All Recipes).

Contact Us Today!

We hope many of you wearing braces will try these recipes which are safe to eat when you have appliances on your teeth. If you have any questions about what you should eat and what you should not in regards to oral health, do not hesitate to contact us as we are always happy to speak with you! Call us at (920) 437-3376 and one of our helpful, friendly office staff members will assist you any way they can. We look forward to seeing your smile soon!

Dr. Adam Koch, D.D.S.

About the Author

Dr. Adam Koch, D.D.S.

Dr. Adam Koch is proud to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather as a third-generation family dentist in Green Bay. He received his undergraduate from the University of Northern Iowa and earned his board certification and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Creighton University School of Dentistry. Dr. Koch is also a member of the advisory board for the NWTC Dental Hygiene Program. View Dr. Koch full bio>>

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