National Nutrition Month: The Best Foods for Your Teeth

General & Cosmetic Dentists Serving Omaha, Bellevue, Lincoln and Nearby Nebraska

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Posted: February 15, 2024
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Oral healthWe all know sugar is bad for your teeth, but rarely is the spotlight focused on foods that are actually good for your oral health. In honor of National Nutrition Month, we would like to highlight some of the foods that are great for maintaining a healthy smile.

Fiber-Rich Produce

Fiber is excellent for oral health because it increases saliva production, which is your mouth’s number-one defense against harmful bacteria. Eating more fibrous fruits and vegetables can help fortify your oral cavity’s protection and lower your risk of cavities and gum disease.

Some of the best fibrous produce for your teeth include:

  • Broccoli 
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Raspberries
  • Carrots
  • Avocado 

Cheese, Milk & Yogurt 

Cheese and milk contain calcium and phosphates, which also help stimulate saliva production. Though it can be high in fat, a bit of cheese can be good for oral health. The added phosphates can help remineralize teeth that have been weakened by bacteria.

When it comes to yogurt, opt for plain Greek or unsweetened yogurt, and use healthy fruits to add some sweetness. Regular yogurt can be high in added sugar, which may counteract the benefits of the product. 


Water is excellent for your entire body, and it can improve your oral health thanks to fluoride. The natural fluoride in water fortifies your teeth, boosting protection against harmful bacteria and tooth decay. If you’ve needed additional motivation to drink more water throughout the day, this is it! 

Crunchy Vegetables

Carrot sticks, celery, cauliflower, and other vegetables that take a bit of time to chew are great for naturally cleaning the surfaces of your teeth. No, a diet alone can never replace brushing and flossing, but it can help remove food and plaque that would otherwise lead to cavities. 

Get Personalized Oral Health Care Anytime

At The Dentists of Omaha, we’re here for you and your family. Our dedicated team considers every aspect of our patients’ well-being, including their diet and lifestyle choices. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please get in touch online or call one of our Nebraska offices in Hillsborough (402-307-6227), Village Pointe (402-505-7474), Ralston Square (402-307-6141), or Dundee (402-307-6220). 

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