Hawaii Health Alerts: What to Eat for Healthy Teeth

Veggies, water and items that keep your teeth and gums strong.

Medically reviewed in February 2022

Ever notice that you feel better when you make healthy food choices? Eating a brownie may feel right in the moment, but your future self will thank you for choosing a banana instead. That’s because food has a significant impact on how we feel and how our bodies function. Fueling your body with healthy food can make a big difference in your performance at school, work and at the gym. We all know healthy food makes for healthy bodies, but did you know it also makes for healthy teeth? Here’s how a few healthy foods can help you keep your smile shining.

Fruits and vegetables 
Fruits and veggies are always a good choice because they’re rich in nutrients your body needs. Crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots and leafy greens are especially good at cleaning teeth. Save these foods for last when you’re eating your lunch to help scrub away sugar.

Dairy
Dairy products like cheese and yogurt are low in sugar and high in protein. They contain calcium to help you build strong teeth and bones, which your teeth can absorb while you chew.

Lean protein
Foods like chicken and fish, which are high in protein, help strengthen teeth and aid in muscle and bone development. Lack of dietary protein can lead to poor muscle strength and increase the risk of injury. Vegetarians and vegans can get dietary proteins in foods like cottage cheese, hemp seeds, feta cheese, yogurt and almonds.

Water
Sugar and acid sit on your teeth for hours after you eat. Drinking water helps you fight off acid attacks and flush away sugar between brushings. It also helps your body to balance your blood sugar level.

This content originally appeared on Well-Being Hawaii.

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