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Top 20 “Healthy Teeth” Foods for Kids

Healthy Teeth

You already know that twice-daily brushing, once-daily flossing, and regular visits to your dentist in Downtown Detroit are part of the dental care formula for healthy teeth and gums. But, did you also know that the foods you and your family eats can also have a significant impact on oral health? Many foods, like fruits and vegetables, are rich sources of antioxidants that help to fight the bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay. Drinking plenty of water, especially tap water fortified with fluoride, can remineralize the teeth and keep the mouth swept clean of food debris and clingy plaque buildup. Cheese and yogurt are also teeth-friendly foods—the acid content helps battle bacteria. Learn more about how making a healthy diet a part of their dental care routine can protect your kids’ dental health.

Be your kids’ role model for proper dental care and health. As their role model for proper dental care, you must demonstrate to your kids that eating a healthy diet is critical to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Many of the foods that are best for overall health are also ideal for dental health, keeping bacteria and tartar buildup low. So, instead of giving your kids sugar-filled, cavity-inducing snacks that can cause cavities, replace them with healthy snacks that fight tooth decay, such as cheese, low-fat yogurt, and crunchy fruits and vegetables. Remember the importance of teaching your kids the proper dental care habits: brushing and flossing after meals and snacks, and regular visits to your family dentistry experts.

Serve nutritious meals. Prepare healthy meals using a variety of foods. The more varied the choices, the greater the exposure to a wide range of nutrients that will help to protect your family’s teeth and gums. Remember, healthy meals are just as important as healthy snacks.

Involve your kids in food choices. Let your kids know why certain foods are healthier than others and explain the benefits of a variety of foods. Teach your children to read a nutrition label to check for calories, fat, and sugar content so they can decide which foods are the best choices. Take your kids to the grocery store so they can practice using their new knowledge.

Instilling good eating habits, along with the proper dental care routine and regular visits to your dentist in Downtown Detroit are the keys to a lifetime of good dental health.

The following list of nutrient-packed foods is ideal for creating healthy, teeth-friendly meals and snacks the whole family will enjoy:

20 of the Teeth-Friendliest Foods

Raw Vegetables

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Broccoli

Fresh Fruit

  • Melons
  • Pears
  • Oranges
  • Berries
  • Pineapple


  • Cottage cheese (low or non-fat)
  • Yogurt (low or non-fat)

Nuts & Seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds (unsalted or low-salt)
  • Sunflower seeds (unsalted or low-salt)
  • Nuts (unsalted or low-salt)  


  • Whole-grain bread
  • Pretzels (unsalted or low-salt)
  • Cereals (unsweetened)
  • Plain bagels

Protein Sources

  • Baked chicken or turkey
  • Peanut butter (unsalted or low-salt)

To learn more about family dentistry from an affordable dentist in Downtown Detroit, call Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue today at (313) 879-4769 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Downtown Detroit. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue. 

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