Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.

212.279.1232

What to Eat and What to Avoid for a Healthy Mouth

African American Smile

A healthy mouth isn’t just a confidence booster, but a good indication of your overall physical health. Broken teeth, bleeding gums, and even bad breath can all lead to more serious complications within your body, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle starts with maintaining your mouth. In addition to regular checkups with your dentist, knowing what to eat and what to avoid is a great way to protect your oral health. To help you maintain a beautiful and healthy smile, here is a list of the best and worst foods for your mouth.

Foods to Eat

Raw, crunchy fruits and vegetables, especially those high in cellulose, work like a natural toothbrush to help remove food and bacteria from your teeth. Apples, celery, carrots, broccoli, and cabbage are excellent crunchy foods to incorporate into your diet for a healthier mouth. And if you like to pair your fruits with cheese, opt for hard cheeses high in phosphates as they help neutralize enamel-eroding acids. Foods high in vitamin C will help keep your gums strong and healthy, so be sure to include plenty of kiwi, orange slices, and sweet potatoes into your diet as well.

Food to Avoid

If you want to take control of your oral health, you may need to say goodbye to some of your favorite foods and drinks. Berries, red wine, coffee, and pretty much any food or beverage that can stain a T-shirt can stain your teeth. Soda and sports drinks are also high in acid and sugar, both of which wear down tooth enamel. Any simple carbs, like candy and white bread, should be consumed at a minimum, as they are easily converted to sugar (which is the best food for bacteria to thrive on). Also watch out for any sticky foods like peanut butter, toffee, and jelly beans, as these can get stuck between your teeth.

From teeth whitening to dental implants, Dr. Charles M. Marks and his associates can help restore your smile if your diet hasn’t been kind on your teeth and gums. To learn more about our general and cosmetic dentistry practice in Midtown Manhattan, call us at (212) 279-1232 or visit our website.

347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

Hours of Operation

  • Closed Sunday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday
  • Closed Saturday