Restaurant Week Columbus is a great opportunity to try some of our city’s best food and drink. The prices are great and the food is even better, and as you peruse your many options for this week, we thought this week was a perfect time to remind our patients of the best foods to maintain a healthy smile.

What you eat and how often you eat will help define the health of your mouth as well as your overall wellbeing. Certain foods cause immediate changes in your mouth as bacteria in your mouth convert these foods to acids which will attack your teeth and start the decay process. The more you eat, the more you’re exposing your teeth to the potential for tooth decay.

Best foods for your mouth

The best foods for your mouth’s health are foods such as chicken and other proteins, cheeses, milk and nuts. These foods will help protect the enamel of your teeth. Crunchy fruits and vegetables are also great for your mouth and they have a high water content. Acidic foods such as citrus and tomatoes should be eaten in conjunction with healthier foods as these acidic foods will do harm to your teeth.

When given the drink choices your best options are water, milk and unsweetened iced tea.

Worst foods for your mouth

Candies, cake, pies, muffins and other similar foods that contain a large amount of sugar or are sticky will cause harm to your teeth. Drinks such as sweetened coffee, tea, soft drinks and other sugary drinks will also cause plenty of harm to your teeth.

As you order from some of the best restaurants that Columbus has to offer, try to keep these thoughts in mind. Crunchy fruits and vegetables, good proteins and drink choices that don’t contain a large amount of sugar will keep your mouth at its finest.

Source:, “Diet and Oral Health