Dentist 90066: What are "toothbrush foods"?

Q: Recently I’ve heard people talk about “toothbrush foods.” What are they?

A: “Toothbrush foods” are foods that are actually good for your teeth. Unlike candy, sodas and other junk foods, these are foods that help you maintain a healthy mouth.

Some naturally crunchy foods like apples, fresh green beans, cauliflower, carrots and celery can help scrub your mouth clean, and fibrous fruits and vegetables can stimulate the flow of saliva. Malic acid, an enzyme found in grapes, strawberries and many other fruits, helps to keep your teeth white, and sugarless gum is particularly good for your teeth. When you shop for chewing gum, look for brands that are recommended by the American Dental Association. You should also check for the ingredient xylitol, because research suggests that it’s useful for reducing plaque.

Of course, it’s important to bear in mind that none of these foods can take the place of regular brushing and flossing.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees children and adults in Culver City and serves the greater Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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