Eating for Healthy Teeth

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What we eat has a direct effect on our oral health. To make it easier to feed a healthy smile, here are some clear-cut do’s and don’ts.


Eat lots of calcium-rich foods.  Calcium is a vital mineral for your oral health. Calcium can be found in milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products. Try to choose low-sugar or sugar-free dairy products to reduce plaque buildup and tooth decay. Can’t have dairy? No problem. Choose naturally calcium rich nondairy foods, such as beans or dark leafy greens. Or, choose calcium-fortified foods such as tofu, orange juice, or breakfast cereals. Be careful on the last two, as they contain high amounts of sugar and should be consumed in moderation.

Choose phosphorous. Phosphorus is another important mineral for a healthy smile. It can be found in protein-rich foods such as milk and lean proteins such as chicken.

Limit sugars and acids. Cavities occur when destructive bacteria use sugars to create acid that gradually erodes the tooth enamel. This does not mean you should never eat sugar or drink juice ever again, but you do need to be careful. Sticky and starchy foods can cling to your teeth, feeding the bacteria for longer lengths of time. Drink plenty of water and clean your teeth well after eating.


Chew On Ice: Ice is for cooling off drinks, not for eating! Ice can be very damaging to your tooth enamel, and frequently causes oral accidents such as chipped or cracked teeth.

Brush Immediately After Eating:  Brushing immediately after eating can cause damage to your enamel, as your teeth are more sensitive. Wait about 20 minutes before brushing or flossing, especially after eating acidic foods. Try chewing sugar-free gum during that time to help fight cavities while you wait.

For more mouth-healthy tips, contact our team at Lighthouse Dental & Orthodontics at 801-253-GRIN(4746). We look forward to helping your smile shine!