You probably already know that popcorn is on the list of foods that your dentist wants you to avoid as much as possible — but what about other foods and drinks? And do you know what foods and drinks that your dentist wants you to eat?

Before you go grocery shopping, and definitely before you schedule your next cleaning at our dental office, here are the top foods and drinks that your dentist wants you to limit and which foods and drinks that are actually good for your teeth. If you have any questions, give us a call at M Dental. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff will make sure that you feel comfortable at our office.

Foods and Drinks to Avoid


It’s not what ice is made of that makes them bad for your teeth — it’s that ice is hard. If you have a habit of chewing on ice, it may be best to grab a piece of sugarless gum instead. Chomping down on a piece of ice can cause your teeth to chip and can damage the enamel of your teeth.

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Grapefruit, lemon, oranges, lime — while they taste great and they are overall healthy foods, citrus is hard on your teeth. Overtime, they can erode the enamel and will make your teeth more susceptible to decay. If you do eat these foods or drink the juice, be sure to rinse out your mouth with some water or brush your teeth after.

Sticky Foods

Even though you may think of sticky candies right away, which should be avoided as well, we’re talking about dried fruit. Dry fruit like raisins and apricots easily get caught in your teeth and if it’s not brushed out, can cause a buildup of plaque. If you like dried fruit in your trail mix, be sure to rinse with water after.


No surprise here — soda is one of the most dangerous drinks for your teeth. Sodas contain acids, sugar, and caffeine, all of which can break down the enamel and can even discolor your teeth over time.


Alcohol can dry out your mouth, which will increase the risk of tooth decay and other infections like gum disease.


Teeth-Friendly Foods and Drinks


You have probably heard that you should be drinking eight ounces of water each day — and water straight from the tap may be better than bottled water. That’s because tap water contains higher amounts of fluoride, which helps your teeth fight acid from soda and other foods and drinks.

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Not only are dairy products like cheese and yogurt low in sugar, they are also full of calcium and protein. You should try to avoid too much sugar because plaque bacteria will turn it into acids that wear down the enamel. Calcium and protein are great for bone strength.

Fruits and Vegetables

These are great for your whole body, not just your teeth. Fruits and veggies are full of water and fiber so they work to actually clean your teeth.


Almonds, cashews, walnuts, and other nuts are good for your teeth because they are low in carbohydrates and high in protein. When you consume foods that are high in carbs, your saliva breaks the starches down into sugar, which we hope you know is bad for your teeth.

When you’re shopping for food at the grocery store, look for foods and drinks that are low in sugar, low in carbs, and high in protein and nutrients like calcium. With this balanced diet, you’re sure to have a successful visit to the dentist.

Is it time for a cleaning? Schedule an appointment with M Dental today.