What Foods Are Healthy for My Teeth?

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It should come as no surprise that the food you eat can affect your oral health. After all, you’ve likely been told time and time again to avoid eating foods high in sugar to avoid cavities. However, it may come as surprise to learn that there are foods you can eat that will actually strengthen your teeth! Dr. Chung and the rest of our qualified team have come up with our favorite foods that also keep teeth healthy.

5 Foods That Are Good For Your Teeth

  1. Leafy Greens
  2. Leafy greens top many superfood lists for good reason. They’re chock-full of necessary vitamins and low in calories. The next time you’re eating a salad or preparing a green smoothie, rest easy knowing that those greens are high in calcium, which strengthens your enamel.

  3. Cheese
  4. Cheese is delicious, it’s versatile, and, best of all, it lowers your risk for tooth decay. Cheese has several dentist-friendly properties: it raises the pH of your mouth, increases saliva in the mouth, and contains calcium and protein — nutrients that strengthen tooth enamel.

  5. Celery
  6. At Reen Chung, DDS, we think of celery as nature’s toothbrush. Celery’s texture doesn’t just give it a nice crunch, it also has brushing properties, as it can scrape away food particles and bacteria.

  7. Almonds
  8. Almonds are high in protein and calcium and low in sugar, making them an excellent snack. Protein and calcium are great for strengthening your teeth.

  9. Water
  10. Okay, this one might not technically be a food, but it’s an often-overlooked part of your diet that can work wonders for your oral health. Not only does water not have any sugar, making it the right choice over sodas, juices, and other sweet beverages, but it also increases saliva production. Saliva is one of your body’s first defenses to disease and tooth decay as it can wash away harmful bacteria and food particles!

We hope this list encourages you to make some changes to your diet to help your teeth stay healthy and strong. To ask our friendly team any other questions about tooth-healthy foods or to schedule your next appointment, contact us today!

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Reen Chung, DDS

Reen Chung, DDS