Smiles 101: General Dentistry – Food & Drinks

Smiles 101: General Dentistry – Food & Drinks

General dentistry is one of the first ways patients of all ages can protect and preserve their smile. Further, it serves as a way to get routine maintenance or care for your smile by a dentistry professional. In fact, your regular food and drinks can have an impact on your teeth over time and a dentist can help. For example, coffee leaves behind stains with every cup, but teeth whitening services can restore your teeth back to those pearly whites in no time. More importantly, most general dentistry services cost far less than cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

How Can Food And Drinks Impact My Smile? 

When it comes to good and bad nutrition, there’s a lot more that you can do than the standard brushing and flossing. In fact, some food and drinks can help your teeth while others should be avoided like a dental plague. For example, a lot of people know the benefits of milk for your teeth, but did you know if your tooth is knocked out that preserving it in milk can help the dentist save an avulsed tooth? Now, let’s discuss the good and bad with some other common food and drinks.

Good And Bad Food And Drinks For Your Teeth 

According to the American Dental Association, here are a few foods and drinks to enjoy and others to avoid:


  • Calcium-rich food and drinks
  • Sugarless chewing gum
  • Whole fruits (especially watery ones like pears)
  • Water


  • Fruit juice (100% water-downed juice is recommended)
  • Sugary drinks like soda
  • Candy
  • Other sugary foods
  • Foods that stick to your teeth (i.e. potato chips)
  • Acidic foods (i.e. lemons (eat them with non-acidic foods as part of your meal)

The Bottom Line

The foods you eat and the drinks you consume can impact your smile.

If you would like to learn more about how your nutritional diet can impact your smile, you’re invited to contact us at Terrace Smiles Dentistry to schedule a free dental consultation today! We treat our patients like guests!


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