Best and Worst Foods For Your Teeth [Infographic]

The health of your teeth largely depends on the food you eat. Some foods are better than others, while some foods you need to completely eliminate from your diet. By having good oral hygiene, you can reduce the risk of dental and other health issues, which, in turn, can help improve your overall general health. Thus, if you want to learn which is the best and worst foods for teeth, then this comprehensive infographic is just what you need.

Best and Worst Foods For Your Teeth Infographic

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Best Foods For Your Teeth

  1. Leafy Vegetables: Green leafy veggies are full of vitamins and minerals, which promotes oral health. It contains magnesium which strengthens the teeth and prevents cavities while calcium helps build your teeth’s enamel. Spinach, kale, cabbage, asparagus are a few of the foods that are good for your teeth. Also, pregnant women should make leafy vegetables a part of their diet as it contains Folic acid, which prevents gum disease.
  2. Celery: As a natural toothbrush, chewing on celery can help scrap-off food particles from the teeth while at the same time, it helps stimulate the flow of saliva, which helps fight off bacteria. Being a good source of vitamins A and C, celery is also an excellent food for healthy gums.
  3. Milk and Other Dairy Products: This is a superfood for healthy teeth and gums. Providing you with calcium, protein, nutrients and vitamin D, milk and dairy products help strengthen your tooth enamel. Chewing on cheese helps increase the saliva in the mouth, which lowers the risk of tooth decay, while Yogurt has probiotics (good bacteria) which are good for your gums.
  4. Almonds and Raisins: Apart from being a delicious and healthy snack, dry fruits like almonds and raisins are excellent foods that strengthen teeth. They are rich in calcium, proteins, vitamins & minerals and dietary fibre. Raisins, in particular, can help suppress the growth of oral bacteria, preventing cavities and gum disease and can help reduce acidity. Almonds, on the other hand, are rich in antioxidants, which protects your teeth for harmful free radicals and promotes the healing of oral wounds.
  5. Water: When it comes to the best foods for teeth, water surpasses all. Since 99% of saliva is water, drinking plentiful water produces enough saliva, which helps keep your teeth healthy and strong. Saliva also helps rinse leftover food particles from the teeth, thereby preventing cavities. What’s more, water contains fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay.
  6. Cranberries and Strawberries: Another food for healthy gums, both these berries are high in anthocyanins which prevent tooth decay. Cranberries, in particular, contains proanthocyanidins which help neutralise bacteria and prevents gum disease. Strawberries, on the other hand, contain malic acid, which makes it a natural teeth whitener. However, these are some of the foods that stain teeth, so make sure you brush your teeth shortly after eating them to prevent staining.
  7. Black and Green Tea: Research suggests that drinking black and green tea is good for your teeth as it contains Polyphenols which kills/suppress the growth of bacteria that causes plaque. Tea also prevents cavities from developing, and the anti-inflammatory properties in green tea help control periodontal disease.
  8. Sugar-free Gum: While this may not qualify as food, sugar-free chewing gum is good for your teeth as it helps boost the production of saliva. It also helps rinse away harmful acids and keeps your breath fresh.
  9. Apples and Carrots: Both apples and carrots are crunchy and full of fibre. Eating them can help increase saliva production, thereby reducing the risk of cavities. Chewing on carrots can also help massage your gums and make your tooth enamel stronger. Both of these are packed with essential vitamins, thus making them the best foods for stronger teeth.
  10. Fish: Fatty fish is a rich source of calcium and vitamin D, which helps protect your teeth. Fish such as salmon, sardines and herring can be included in your diet to improve your oral health. Also, since they have polyunsaturated fatty acids (Omega 3s), they can be effective in treating periodontitis.

Worst Foods For Your Teeth

  1. Sugary Sodas and Carbonated Drinks: This is one of the topmost bad foods for teeth. Sugary sodas and carbonated drinks not only damage your teeth, but it also affects the saliva production, causing bad breath. Drinking large quantities of sodas and sugary drinks can also fasten tooth decay as well as stain your teeth.
  2. Sticky Foods and Chewy Candies: Taffy, sour candies and caramels are foods that tend to stick and cling to your teeth and crevices for a longer time and may cause cavities. Thus, it is best to avoid these and if you do eat them, make sure that you rinse your mouth with water afterwards to remove any residue left behind.
  3. Hard Candy and Junk Food (Chips): The sugar from hard candies tend to stay on your teeth for longer, as they dissolve slowly. They could also cause potential dental emergencies such as a cracked tooth. Likewise, potato chips, white bread and corn chips are starchy foods that can get trapped between your teeth; feeding bacteria which causes plaque. As such, it is best that you avoid them for a healthy smile.
  4. Citrus Fruits and Juices: While citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C, too much of it can erode your enamel over time, leading to decay. Also, since citric fruits and juices are highly acidic foods, it is best to eat/drink them in moderation. Plus, to answer the question, ‘is lemon bad for your teeth?’ the answer is ‘Yes, it is.’ So, don’t suck on it and post eating citrus fruits make sure to rinse with plain water.
  5. Excessive Tea and Coffee: Tea and coffee are a healthy beverage in their natural form. However, excessive tea and coffee can stain your teeth and make your mouth go dry. Sugary tea and coffee along with other add-ons, can also make your teeth sticky and cause bacteria. Thus, for healthy teeth, limit your intake and drink plenty of water afterwards.
  6. Sports Drinks: While non-carbonated sports drinks may seem like a good alternative to carbonated drinks, they are still high in sugar and acidic, which makes them bad for your teeth.
  7. Pickles: Pickles are acidic in nature, which makes it a bad food choice when it comes to your teeth. It can wear out your tooth enamel over time, and as such, it is best to avoid it if you want to maintain your dental health.
  8. Chewing on Ice: This is a one-way ticket to a dental emergency. Chewing on ice makes your teeth vulnerable, which could lead to cracked tooth, chipped tooth, or it could break your dental filling. So, it is best to steer clear from it.
  9. Crackers and Popcorn: Crackers are starchy foods that can breakdown into simple sugars in your mouth, making it a breeding ground for bacteria, resulting in tooth decay. Similarly, buttery popcorn can get stuck between your teeth, leading to bacterial growth, and in some cases, sharp hulls or kernels could cut your gums.
  10. Beverages With Alcohol: This is one of the worst foods for the teeth because it decreases the saliva flow in your mouth. Beverages with alcohol cause dehydration, dry mouth, and irritate the soft tissues in the mouth. It also leads to tooth decay and oral infections. Worse yet, excessive intake of these beverages increases the risk of mouth cancer.

Final word;

Your dental health is in your hands. By eating the right foods, you can maintain optimal oral health, which will also have a positive impact on your general health. Thus, make the most of this infographic on the best and worst foods for your teeth and don’t forget to visit your local Sunshine Coast Dentist for regular check-ups.

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Adarsh (Principal Dentist)


Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)


Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)


Davina has been a part of our family since 2014. After completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year before joining us full time. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. Davina is very highly regarded by her current patients. Davina currently works 3 days a week.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!


Kaela (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Kaela is a new addition to our practice. Coming from eight years of retail experience in Northern NSW, she loves working with people and assisting in any way she can. Kaela is also currently studying to become a trained dental assistant. You will immediately fall in love with her happy, bubbly personality.

Abby (Sr. Dental Assistant)

Abby (Dental Assistant)

Abby is originally from Hervey Bay, but she has been calling the Sunshine Coast home with her husband and two kids for the past four and a half years. Abby completed her cert III in dental assisting in 2015 and is looking to further her studies In the near future. Abby enjoys camping, playing guitar, and travelling
the world with her family.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. He has worked with us since 2020. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare
    time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.



    Briar stated off as a trainee dental assistant in our practice mid-2020. She is the youngest member of our practice and is rapidly becoming an integral part of team Oris. Briar completed her Certificate 3 in our practice in 2021 and works full time Dental assistant at Oris Dental.