Nutrition and Oral Health

Acid attack!

Carbonated beverages, fruit juice and acidic foods can harm teeth. Acid in our food can cause enamel to wear away.

Almond cookies with xylitol

Got a sweet tooth, but don’t want the cavity-causing sugar? Try using xylitol for the sweetener instead.

An apple a day may keep the dentist away

Parents can help children prevent tooth decay and cavities by monitoring their eating habits. Offer children healthy snack alternatives such as apples, bite-size carrots or other foods that are naturally sweet, and instruct children to avoid candies, chocolate, and other foods that contain refined sugar.

Apple-raisin salad

Apples and raisins are great snacks that can satisfy your sweet cravings without adding extra sugar.

Cut back on coffee and doughnuts

Sugars in doughnuts have been identified as a risk factor for gum inflammation and cavities. The amount of sugar and cream in your coffee also can have a direct effect on the amount of cavity-causing bacteria.

Diet, diabetes and tooth decay

You’re probably aware that diabetes can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other parts of your body. What you may not know is that diabetics are more susceptible to developing oral infections and gum disease than those who do not have diabetes.

Fast-paced lifestyle eroding teens’ teeth

With today’s lifestyles, adolescence is when soda and sugary, high-carbohydrate foods displace healthy foods such as milk, fruits and vegetables.As a result, a generation may be left with permanent damage to oral and overall health.

Food friends and foes for your teeth

Some foods invite tooth decay, but others can help combat plaque buildup and help build healthy teeth and gums. Learn which foods can help keep your smile bright.

Gum-chewers have a reason to smile

There’s a low-calorie sweetener called "xylitol". It has a sweet-as-sugar taste, and studies show that it may help reduce and prevent cavities.

Halloween candy: a trick or a treat?

What do dentists give out at Halloween? Our survey gathers their best advice for Halloween treats and avoiding the scary tricks candy can play on teeth.

How vegetarians can ensure good oral health

While a vegetarian diet can have great overall health benefits, vegetarians need to be aware of how this lifestyle choice can affect their oral health. By eliminating certain food groups, vegetarians can risk missing out on some key nutrients that are essential for good oral health.

Make over your grocery list

Restock your fridge with smile-friendly foods.

Raisins may help fight — not cause — cavities

Countering a longstanding public perception that raisins promote cavities, a recent study suggests that compounds in the popular fruit snack may in fact fight tooth decay.

Snacking (on-the-go)

Eating on the run doesn’t have to mean paying less attention to what’s healthy. Keep your snacks and meals-on-the-go healthy with these tips.

Sparkling white fangs

On this favorite fall holiday, Delta Dental helps smiles stay jack-o-lantern bright.

Sugary, sticky Halloween treats can play tricks on children’s teeth

When it comes to cavities, not all candy is created equal. The chewier the candy, the more likely it is to stick around and cause cavities. Limit your children’s risk for cavities by limiting the amount of time their teeth are exposed to sticky, sugary or sour candy.

Tea is terrific for teeth (and great for gums, too)

Try tea! Hot or cold, tea has been shown in recent studies to be beneficial to your oral health.

Tips and tricks for avoiding scary Halloween treats

You may not be able to prevent your child from eating candy – but you can take active steps to prevent tooth decay and promote good nutrition all year long.

Vegetable platter

With crisp, fresh vegetables (for antioxidants and vitamin C) and calcium-rich yogurt or sour cream, this dish does double duty for healthy teeth.

What if my child won’t drink milk?

Find some healthy, calcium-rich alternatives to drinking milk.

What to eat to keep your teeth

Nutrition is important to oral health. Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts strengthen immunity and help protect the teeth and gums.

Resources

Oral Health Booklet
A collection of our top oral health tips in a printer-friendly file.
Connection Between Oral and Overall Health
Learn more about the connection between your oral and overall health and what you can do to improve both.
SmileWay Wellness Program

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