Open wide! A number of cavity-fighters and dental-health-boosters are living in your kitchen cabinet.
Medically Reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH
Eat. Brush. Floss. Repeat! You know the keys to dental health involve a toothbrush, dental floss, and avoiding certain foods (think sticky, sugary treats).
But were you aware that certain foods are actually good for your teeth and gums? Turns out, simply eating lunch could be a part of your daily dental routine.
For instance, foods rich in calcium help ensure not only strong bones, but also healthy teeth. Other beneficial snacks include those containing polyphenols and probiotics, which can help encourage a healthy environment in your mouth.
So, go ahead — take a bite into these tooth-friendly foods (plus, check out which ones to avoid).
Make Your Dentist Proud: Healthy Foods for Healthy Teeth
Milk. “Milk is one of the main sources of sugars in the diet,” says Ellie Phillips, DDS, a founding member of the nonprofit American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and author of Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye.
But that’s not an excuse to skimp on the white stuff: Drinking milk can actually promote healthy teeth and bones. “The sugar in milk is lactose, which is the least damaging to teeth,” explains Dr. Phillips, and the calcium found in the beverage helps kids develop strong baby and adult teeth.