Foods Choices for Healthy, White Teeth


Wilson, Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Raleigh & nearby areas

Tue, 09/29/2015

We all want to flash a dazzling white smile. When Greenville patients visit us for teeth whitening treatments, they want to regain the radiant teeth that years of eating, drinking and natural aging have diminished over time.

You might be aware of foods that notoriously stain your teeth, such as candy, berries, coffee and red wine. But did you know that there are also foods that do exactly the opposite? Here are some of the best foods to choose for maintaining a healthy, gleaming grin:

  • Fish: When bacteria collects in your mouth, it can cause inflammation that damages the connective tissue that anchors your teeth to bone. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are potent anti-inflammatory nutrients.
  • Milk and cheese: Milk and cheese contain calcium and phosphorus, which protect tooth enamel from erosion. Research indicates that milk and cheese may also enhance protective minerals along tooth surfaces.
  • Sugar-free chewing gum: Not only can chewing gum help curb a sudden craving for something sweet, it increases the flow of saliva. Saliva helps neutralize acids in the mouth, and washes food particles away, reducing the amount of time food is in contact with your teeth.
  • Cocoa: Studies have found that substances found in cocoa may help ward off tooth decay and dampen inflammation. Even though chocolate milk contains sugar, it doesn’t increase your risk of cavities to the same degree as snacks like chips, raisins and cookies.

It’s important to understand that while these foods may help, nothing compares to regular dental check-ups and professional teeth whitening treatments to deliver that brilliant, dazzling smile you deserve.

If you live in Greenville and want to learn if our teeth whitening services can help you, contact Boles, Ham, Dixon & Boles today by completing the form on this page, or by calling 252-291-2892 to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients from Wilson, Goldsboro and Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Dixon Boles & Associates