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Food for Your Teeth: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Sep 15 • 1 minute read

Food for Your Teeth: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

You’ve heard about avoiding certain foods for the healthiest teeth possible, but did you know that certain foods are actually good for them? We’ve compiled a list of some of the best and worst foods for your pearly whites. 

The Good

  • Sesame seeds – they help clean your teeth.
  • Broccoli, spinach and strawberries – the Vitamin C is great for your gums.
  • Dairy products – the calcium strengthens your teeth and neutralizes the acids that can hurt your enamel.
  • Sweet potatoes – with their high amounts of Vitamin A, helps promote enamel formation
  • Celery – kind of like nature’s floss – it can help clean between your teeth!

The Bad

  • Oranges and other citruses – these acidic fruits can wear down the enamel on your teeth.
  • Coffee, tea and red wine – want a whiter smile? Try to limit these drinks.

The Ugly

  • Candy – try to avoid candy, especially the sticky kind. The sugar cane adhere to your teeth and stay around for a long time.
  • Soda pop – the ingredients can wear down your enamel
  • Peanut brittle – can cause teeth to crack


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