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Foods That Fight Tooth Decay


Nobody enjoys having a painful cavity, or hearing “you need a filling” during your dental appointment. We have put together a list of some foods that may help avoid this scenario and keep your dentist happy.


Why cheese? Casein is a protein found in cheese that is found to help achieve healthier teeth. Cheese also contains calcium, which not only leads to strong bones, but healthy teeth as well. The calcium with help your teeth rebuild damages caused by daily activities.

Sugar Free Candy with Xylitol

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol found in sugar free gums and candy. Xylitol helps prevent tooth decay by decreasing the amount of bacteria that can attach to teeth. The less bacteria that cling to teeth, the less decay, cavities, and bad breath there will be.

Raisins and Cranberries

fruit basketRaisins and cranberries contain the same components that make them great foods for preventing tooth decay. In fact, fruits in general are useful foods to eat when it comes to preventing tooth decay and cavities. Though they have acidic properties that may not treat teeth 100% right, they also cause the glands to produce saliva. More saliva means less friction on teeth for bacteria to cling to. Technically speaking, raisins in particular contain polyphenols and flavonoids that prevent oral bacteria.



Tea is a person’s friend when it comes to preventing tooth decay. Tea is so helpful because it prevents plaque build up and creates more saliva preventing–yes, you guessed it–bacteria from clinging to your pearly whites.

Although these foods are important to keep in your daily diet for your dental health, it is also important to maintain a regular routine with dental check-ups. If it’s time for your check-up, or if you’re experiencing painful tooth decay, make an appointment with our dentists today.

SunWest Dental Centers has nine valley wide convenient locations in Apache Junction, Biltmore, Buckeye, Chandler, Mesa, Prescott Valley, San Tan Valley, Sun City, and Tempe

Apache Junction

1601 W. Apache Trail, #2
Apache Junction, AZ 85120
(480) 982-4200
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407 N. 4th Street
Buckeye, Arizona 85326
(623) 327-3206
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2175 N. Alma School Road, #C108
Chandler, AZ 85224
(480) 782-6200
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600 E. University Drive
Mesa, AZ 85203
(480) 610-5100
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Prescott Valley

8256 E. Hwy #69
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 772-4433
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San Tan Valley

2510 E Hunt Hwy, Ste 28
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143
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Sun City

13000 N. 103rd Avenue, #85
Sun City, AZ 85351
(623) 583-6666
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7660 S McClintock Dr. Ste 101
Tempe, AZ 85284
(480) 831-8022
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