National Nutrition Month: Which Foods Will Improve Oral Health?

March is National Nutrition Month, which means it’s time to start making good choices regarding the foods you eat. While you may know that eating healthier can shrink your waistband and reduce your risk of heart disease, did you also know that it can improve your oral health? If it sounds too good to be true, read on to find out which foods you should start incorporating into your diet for stronger teeth and healthier gums.


Whether you knew before reading this article that March is National Nutrition Month, it is likely that you already know the benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables. But establishing a more well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet requires more than swapping out potato chips for fresh veggies. It also means eating lean proteins, dairy, and even leafy greens.

If you’re wondering what you can do to make the transition to a healthier lifestyle, here are a few things to consider:

  • Start by drinking more water and less soda, tea, coffee, and sports drinks.
  • Before going to the grocery store, make a list of all the ingredients you need.
  • Read the labels before purchasing boxed or canned goods.
  • Set a day and “meal prep.” This means planning out your meals ahead of time to prevent last-minute trips for fast food.
  • When dining out, look for healthier options.
  • Practice portion control.


Now that you know what to do to start incorporating a healthier diet into your daily life, it’s time to consider just how beneficial it will be to your oral health. There are various food groups, each designed to fuel your body in some way, shape, or form. When it comes to your teeth and gums, the foods you choose to consume can either help or hinder your smile.

Some of the foods that will boost your gum health and better protect your pearly whites include:

  • Calcium-Rich Foods: Salmon, almonds, tofu, milk, cheese, and yogurt will help you get the appropriate amount of calcium, but so will dark leafy vegetables. All of these can serve to strengthen your bones and tooth enamel.
  • Phosphorus Foods: Eggs, fish, lean meat, dairy, and nuts can also work to give your tooth enamel the extra protection it needs to prevent tooth decay and protect against potential chips or cracks.
  • Vitamin C-Rich Foods: Citrus fruits, tomatoes, broccoli, potatoes, and spinach all great for improving your gum health and preventing periodontal disease!

If you’re looking for additional ways to make lifestyle changes that can benefit your smile, take some time to talk to your dentist and inquire about tips you can use to keep your smile looking and feeling its best all year-round.

About the Author

Dr. Todd Canatella wants you to have optimal oral health. That is why apart from preventive care and a host of additional services he provides, he is happy to offer tips and advice on ways to improve your teeth and gums at home. As part of the patient education aspect of his practice, Dr. Canatella can suggest nutritional foods you should incorporate into your daily diet that will not only protect against gum disease but also combat tooth decay. To find out how changes to your diet can make a difference in your smile, visit our website.