Ryan Hooks, DDS

Hooks Family Dentistry
3975 Hwy 6 S, #1200
College Station, Texas 77845

Foods That Are Naturally Dental Friendly

pile of dental friendly carrots on a cutting board

Brushing and flossing your teeth aren’t the only ways that you can make your teeth healthier and stronger every day. We know that eating sugary foods and drinking coffee or wine can damage your teeth, but what can you eat and drink that’s delicious and good for your teeth, too?

Crunchy Vegetables

Crunchy veggies like carrots, celery, and cucumber act almost as edible toothbrushes. The former two are full of fiber while the latter is full of water. All three of these veggies help wash bacteria away from the surface of your teeth. They are also packed with different vitamins and minerals for additional health benefits.


Dairy products like cheese, yogurt, and milk have high amounts of calcium. This mineral is crucial to supporting healthy and strong teeth.


Salad, anyone? Dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale are great for your teeth. They contain calcium in addition to vitamins A, B, and folic acid, which is known to help fight off gum disease!


Fresh apples are a crunchy, fibrous fruit with a high water content. This makes them a great snack to help keep your teeth healthy. Avoid dried apples and other dried fruits, though. They are sticky and high in sugar, a lethal combination for teeth!


Nuts like almonds and Brazil nuts not only stabilize your blood sugar with their high protein and good fat contents. They also have high fiber contents to help keep plaque off of your teeth.


Ginger is a powerful root that can boost your immunity. It’s also a natural breath freshener! Try it in hot water for a fresh ginger tea.

Fresh Mint Leaves & Mint Tea

Chewing on fresh mint leaves is a natural, sugar-free way to keep your breath fresh. If you are an avid tea drinker, try a hot cup of peppermint tea. It’s a great, tooth-friendly alternative to coffee!

Brushing and flossing regularly, eating a healthy diet, and seeing your dentist are the best ways to have healthy teeth. While it’s up to you to do the first two, leave it to Hooks Family Dentistry to take care of all of your dental needs in our office. We look forward to seeing you!

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  • Thanks for the tips! It’s a good thing we love apples, carrots, and fresh mint. We grow mint in planters year round to use in our tea and food.