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Dentist in GC Shares Healthy Food Options for Teeth

April 30, 2018
Posted By: Lee Martin, DMD
Healthy Teeth | Lee Martin, DMD

Food has a profound effect on the teeth. We all know that sugar leads to tooth decay, but what about all the other foods you eat? Let’s take a look.

Review of Sugar

Let’s quickly review what happens to the teeth when you eat sugar. It isn’t the sugar itself that hurts your teeth; it’s what happens when you eat it. Sugar is a food source for the bacteria in your mouth. After the bacteria feeds on the sugar, it creates an acid that dissolves your enamel. Bacteria then moves into the hole created in the enamel and destroys the inside of your teeth. This leads to decay, root canals and eventually extraction. 

To avoid this, you need to refrain from eating sugary foods. When you do consume them, be sure you’ve properly cleaned your teeth afterward. 

Vitamin C

Eating foods rich in Vitamin C is essential to proper oral care. You’ll find this in fruits like limes, grapefruit, oranges and lemons. You can also find it in broccoli, bell peppers and spinach. If you have a Vitamin C deficiency, it’s called scurvy. Symptoms include overall weakness, tooth loss and spongy gums. 

Vitamin C also builds your immune system and fights off infection to give you a healthy body and mouth.

Something to keep in mind is that citrus fruits are acidic which can erode the tooth enamel. This also leads to tooth decay so you’ll want to use caution when eating or drinking acidic foods such as:

  • Wine
  • Tomatoes
  • Coffee 
  • Energy Drinks
  • Soda


You want to consume foods that are also high in antioxidants and other nutrients. They reduce inflammation in your body and fight off bacteria. Consider foods such as:

  • Legumes
  • Fruits 
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts

Don’t forget also to incorporate foods that are high in Vitamin D and Calcium. You can eat some more cheese and milk to strengthen your teeth. 

Choosing the right foods isn’t just important to the health of your body, but also your mouth. Take time to consider what you are eating to ensure a healthy mouth for years to come.

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