The Best Eats for Healthy Teeth | Ardas Family Dental

We all know that what you eat can have a huge impact on your body’s health. But did you know that what you snack on can also make a difference for your dental health?

So the next time you’re doing your meal planning, try adding some of these tooth-healthy recommendations to the menu!

Cut Back on the Sugar

First and foremost, one of the best things that you can do for your teeth is to reduce your intake of super sugary foods and drinks like soft drinks, candy and cookies. These sweet treats are delicious, but the sugars that they contain can interact with plaque in your mouth to erode the teeth and cause tooth decay.

We recommend that you enjoy sweet treats in moderation, and rinse—or better yet, brush—after eating sugary snacks when possible.

Go for Nutrient-Rich Foods

Balanced diets that are high in vitamins and minerals are good for your body and also great for your teeth. In particular, go for these nutrients to keep your teeth in top shape:

  • Calcium is a mineral that helps build strong bones and teeth! We recommend that you get your daily dose of calcium from low-fat dairy products, fortified soy drinks or tofu, salmon, almonds, and leafy greens.

  • Phosphorus works with calcium and vitamin D to form strong teeth. Look for this mineral in eggs, fish and other sources of lean protein.

  • Vitamin C is great for your immune system and for your gums! Eat lots of broccoli, spinach and citrus fruits to get this essential vitamin

. We recommend rinsing after eating citrus fruits to avoid the tooth-eroding effects of citric acid!

Keep Snacks Light and Crunchy

Healthy and slightly crunchy foods like carrots, celery or apples are great for giving your teeth a little extra brushing while you snack. Other good snacks are nutrient-dense nuts and low-fat cheeses. 

Eating right is only one part of maintaining healthy teeth! Visit our website to learn more about the dental hygiene services at Ardas Family Dental.