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Eating Right For Your Pearly Whites

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  • Written By: Sarah Kuster, RDN, LD
Eating Right For Your Pearly Whites

Along with daily brushing and flossing, a balanced diet is critical for the health of your teeth. Eating a diet that is nutrient-dense helps to promote healthy teeth and gums. A balanced diet features nutrient-dense foods from all the food groups and includes fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products.

Calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C are three nutrients that are important in tooth and gum health. Calcium and phosphorus help make teeth strong, and vitamin C promotes good gum health.

To help maintain healthy teeth and gums, incorporate the following foods into your meal plan.


  • Fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese
  • Fortified soy milk
  • Canned salmon
  • Almonds
  • Dark green leafy vegetables

Halloween Fruit


  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Lean meat
  • Dairy products

Vitamin C

  • Citrus fruit
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach

In addition to the foods you eat, be sure to drink plenty of water. Water helps to rinse your mouth of leftover food and residue. It also dilutes the acid in your mouth which can wear away your enamel.

If you decide to have the occasional treat, avoid sticky, chewy, and acidic options.

For a perfect, tooth-friendly appetizer for your next gathering, try Baked Spinach and Artichoke Yogurt Dip. It is packed with vitamin C and calcium-rich spinach and phosphorus-rich yogurt. Now that’s something worth smiling about.