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Corn-on-the-cob is a no-no for people with braces. Besides whole apples, corn-on-the-cob tops the list of things your dentist will tell you to never eat while you are wearing dental work. The reason being, that biting into a corn cob can rip your brackets right off. So, to curb your corn cravings while you’re straightening your teeth, we have another “soft foods for braces” recipe for you to try. It’s a casserole with ham and corn. Yum!

-2 cups diced, cooked ham
-2 ½ cups canned corn
-2 tablespoons grated onion
-¼ cup finely chopped green pepper
-1 ½ cup medium white sauce (see below for directions to make)
-½ teaspoon dry mustard
-½ cup grated cheese
-½ cup buttered crumbs

Arrange ham, corn, onion and green pepper in layers in a greased casserole.

Mix the mustard with the white sauce; pour into casserole. Top with grated cheese and buttered crumbs, mixed. Sprinkle with paprika.

Bake in a moderate oven (375° F.) about 25 minutes or until browned.

-3 tablespoons butter
-2 tablespoons flour
-1 teaspoon salt
-¼ teaspoon pepper
-2 cups milk

Melt butter over low heat; add flour, salt and pepper; stir until well blended. Remove from heat.

Gradually stir in milk and return to heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick and smooth. Makes 2 cups.

If you have questions about things you can and can’t eat when you have braces, call Dr. Ray Snider and our helpful team at Lake Country Dental in Fort Worth, Texas. Phone: (817) 236-8771.