Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth Slideshow

Cheese

Cheese, particularly Cheddar, is also great for your teeth. The fats in cheese work to counteract acids in foods, by restoring the pH balance and cleaning our teeth. Cheese contains calcium and phosphorus which help protect tooth enamel and prevents the build up of plaque. Cheese also stimulates the production of saliva, which helps clear your mouth of any food particles left on the surface of the tooth.

Leafy Greens

Vitamins A and C are needed for the absorption of calcium, and calcium is an important element in our teeth. Dark green leafy vegetables have good amounts of chlorophyll, phosphorous, vitamins A and C, all of which are needed for calcium absorption. Chlorophyll is thought to help build enamel and prevent tooth decay, while vitamin C helps reduce plaque from building up.

Avoid: Sodas

The amount of sugary sodas, sweetened fruit drinks, and energy dense — nutrient-poor snacks that Americans consume is a major concern for dentists and other health professionals. In studying the dental health of people from different cultures (typically those isolated from modernization) with good teeth, researchers found that their diets were much higher in vitamins and minerals — particularly calcium and vitamins A and D.