Can Fruits Help Your Teeth?


Bananas, apples, oranges, pomegranates, grapes, kiwis, grapefruits, berries, melons – Americans have access to many different types of fruits. Are some fruits more beneficial to your teeth than others?

Raw, fiber-rich fruits are excellent for cleaning your teeth and massaging your gums. They also increase the amount of saliva in your mouth, which works to neutralize acids and alkalis in your mouth. The top fiber-rich fruits are:

  • Figs
  • Avocados
  • Papayas
  • Prunes
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Oranges
  • Strawberries

Enjoy fruits high in Vitamin C

For healthy gums, include fruits in your diet that are high in Vitamin C, such as oranges, cantaloupes, papayas, kiwis, guavas, strawberries and grapefruits. If you don’t have enough Vitamin C in your diet, the collagen in your gums can break down and make your gums tender and susceptible to bacteria that can cause periodontal disease.

Eating raw fruits with a high amount of juice after a meal can help dislodge food particles and clean your teeth and gums. Strawberries are a natural tooth whitener and a potent plaque fighter. They contain high amounts of folic acid, a mild bleaching agent used in many commercial tooth-whitening products.

After consuming fruit, dental professionals recommend rinsing your mouth with water to remove any remaining fruit acids, which can weaken tooth enamel. Water also hydrates the gums, stimulates saliva and washes away food particles that can cling to your teeth and form plaque that can lead to cavities and other oral health concerns.

Don’t forget to brush your teeth after each meal and floss daily to maintain good oral health.

What are your favorite fruits? How many fruits do you eat each day? – Scott Delisi, Ameritas Group