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Foods to Help Strengthen Teeth

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You already know how important it is to brush, floss and see your dentist regularly. In between all of these activities, however, you’ll be doing a lot of eating and drinking. Avoiding large amounts of sugar and starchy foods, particularly if you can’t brush right away, is  good way to help keep teeth strong and healthy. There are also foods that you can eat that will help strengthen teeth. Here are a few of them to try to incorporate into your diet.

Fresh, Raw Vegetables

If you imagine yourself biting into a piece of celery or a carrot stick, you’ll understand why these are recommended for healthy, strong teeth. As you chew raw vegetables, the plaque on your teeth will be gently scrubbed away, so you’ll be less likely to have bacteria feasting on your teeth. If you are in the mood for something crunchy, a handful of raw broccoli, asparagus, snap peas or even a radish or two will satisfy your craving while not getting stuck in your teeth.


On the other end of the texture spectrum is cheese. While you might not think about cheese being particularly good for your teeth, the fact is that its combination of enzymes, protein, vitamin D and calcium can actually help strengthen teeth and kill off harmful bacteria. In fact, eating a cube of cheese after a meal if you’re unable to brush right away can help protect your teeth from sticky plaque and even tooth decay.


Along with other fresh fruit, strawberries provide abrasiveness that will help remove plaque. Even more than that, however, strawberries also contain antioxidants that are good for your overall health as well as your oral health. They are also slightly acidic which helps to kill bacteria that are living on your teeth. If you aren’t a fan of strawberries, try eating apples or pears, which provide similar benefits.


While not expressly a food, water is a great rinsing agent, particularly if you also drink soft drinks or eat something sugary. It can dilute sugar on the teeth, reducing the number of bacteria that will congregate in the mouth. Sip water frequently if your mouth feels dry or if you are eating without access to a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Eating foods to strengthen teeth is one part of your oral hygiene regimen that is often forgotten about. If you have questions about how your nutrition can impact your teeth, please call our office to schedule an appointment with a dental hygienist.

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