Five Foods to Protect Your Smile from Cavities & Root Canals

Does your diet agree with your dental health?

Have you been eating your way to a healthy, decay-free smile?

healthy diet for your teeth

Our diet has a larger impact on our oral health than you may think. Some foods, particularly those containing sugars, have the ability to wreak havoc on our teeth… all due to a sinister bacteria called “mutans streptococcus”, or “strep mutans” for short.

With that said, despite there being many foods that are bad for our smiles – there are many that are GREAT for our smiles, too!

Our Scarborough endodontist recommends these top 5 food choices when it comes to keeping the teeth healthy and strong:

1. Cheese

Chewing on a piece of hard cheese as a snack or after consuming anything sugary or acidic is a great (and delicious!) way to protect your teeth from cavities. Cheese neutralizes the acidity levels in the mouth (an environment that destroys tooth structure over time) and also helps to restore important minerals back into the teeth, since cheese contains a great deal of calcium. So, it’s pretty hard not to list cheese as our numero uno.

2. Celery

Your teeth and gums love this fun & crunchy snack. Also referred to as “nature’s floss”; munching on a stick of floss works a little bit like brushing and flossing, as it works to scrape and wash away particles of food from the teeth (and even between the teeth!) with its unique texture and high water content. Our gums love celery because of the high vitamin A and C content. Yes to celery!

3. Leafy greens

Leafy green vegetables aren’t only incredibly healthy for our bodies – our smiles love them, as well! Rich in a number of vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C, leafy greens may help to reduce inflammation in the gums.

4. Garlic

A key property found in garlic, “allicin”, contains a powerful antibacterial quality, which actually helps to promote a healthy balance of good oral bacteria. So if you aren’t going anywhere where bad breath is going to be an issue, embrace garlic to your heart’s content! Your smile will thank you.

5. Fish

There’s nothing fishy about it: the abundance of vitamin D found in varieties of fatty fish like wild salmon, Atlantic mackerel and tuna allows for better absorption of calcium, the mineral your teeth are composed of and always appreciate more of.