What Fruits and Vegetables are Good For Your Teeth?

kids holding healthy fruits and vegetables

Need another reason to incorporate healthier options into your diet? Several types of fruits and vegetables can help protect your teeth from developing plaque that leads to gum disease and tooth decay. There’s no easier way to practice good oral hygiene than simply eating! Take a look at the best fruits and vegetables to eat if you’re looking for a new, easy way to take good care of your teeth:

Citrus Fruits

The “An apple a day” belief also works for your teeth! Eating apples helps to clean your teeth and increase salivation in your mouth which helps to decrease acidity and wash away leftover food particles that can cause decay.  Other fibrous fruits such as oranges also stimulate your gums and increase salivation. Citrus fruits as the apples and oranges as well as pears, tomatoes, and pineapples, are rich in Vitamin C and are beneficial for your teeth.


Cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, and other types of berries are very rich in anthocyanins which help protect your teeth against the buildup of plaque and bacteria.  Berries are also full of antioxidants that help boost your immune system and protect against gum disease.

Root Vegetables

Eating raw, fibrous root vegetables has the same benefits as eating citrus fruits.  Stimulating salivation and reducing plaque is key to a healthy mouth. Carrots and celery specifically as well are great sources of beta carotene which help your body create vitamin A which then helps to build strong teeth.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables include your leafy greens such as lettuce, kale, chard, and spinach.  These vegetables all are packed with various vitamins and minerals that promote and contribute to healthy teeth and gums. These vitamins and minerals include vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium.

If you are experiencing any dental problems or want to learn more about what you can do to protect your teeth, give Fairfield Dental Arts a call at (203) 254-3780.