What Food Items Can Help My Smile?

Everything you eat will affect your entire body, including your teeth and your smile. Your mouth is considered the first filter for everything that enters your body. Your mouth receives food in its rawest form, and your teeth are the first line of defense to break down this food,  which sometimes leaves your teeth subject to harm.

We have compiled a list for you to take with you to the grocery store to simply add some of these items to your diet.

  • Tea
    • Sure, tea is a dark liquid, but the benefits of tea far outweigh the disadvantages. Tea has known properties to prevent bacteria from lingering around in the mouth, and this bacteria that it is known for fighting is the same bacteria that causes Gingivitis, which is the beginning stages of gum disease. Specifically, pick up some black or green tea from the grocery store and maybe try switching out a cup of tea for that normal morning cup of coffee.
  • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin C helps your body heal faster along with constantly boosting your immune system that fights off infection. The same applies to vitamin C in your mouth, especially your gums. Try adding oranges, kiwi, cherries, or even chili peppers as these are loaded with Vitamin C.
  • Leafy Greens
    • Leafy greens such as Kale and Broccoli are great for your mouth, as they contain loads of Vitamin A. Also, the rough texture of kale and broccoli will essentially brush your teeth as you are chewing it, which can provide additional benefits to your teeth and gums.


If you would like to learn more about other ideas of different foods that can help your smile look and function better, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Engelberg at your next visit to their Arlington Heights dentist office.