Keep Your Smile Healthy By Eating Healthy

Did you know what you eat can help your oral health? Find out how!

Everyone wants a healthy smile. Besides maintaining good oral hygiene and visiting your Apple Valley dentist Dr. Samuel Kim every six nutritionmonths for routine exams, you may not be sure what else to do to improve the overall health and appearance of your smile. But have you taken a closer look at your diet? What you put in your body can also affect your smile. Find out what foods you may just want to incorporate into your diet (and which ones you should avoid) if you want your smile feeling and looking its best.

Crunchy Foods

An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, but it can certainly help you get a clean bill of health when you visit our Apple Valley general dentist for your next cleaning. Apples, carrots, and celery are wonderful snacks because they help stimulate the flow of saliva, which can wash away acid caused by the bacteria responsible for cavities.


If you love cheese (and who doesn't) then you may be excited by this news: both cheese and milk are great for your teeth. As you may have already guessed, the calcium in dairy products can help strengthen teeth enamel and promote stronger bones. Plus, they also contain casein, a protein that is known to reduce the development of cavities.

Lean Protein

This is another important part of a healthy diet because lean proteins can also help promote healthy teeth and re-mineralize tooth enamel damaged by acid attacks. These foods are rich in phosphorus and are perfect for promoting a healthy smile. Some lean proteins include:

  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Salmon
  • Egg whites


Another great way to add protein to your diet (especially if you consider yourself a vegetarian) is by eating nuts. Peanuts, walnuts, pistachios, and almonds can help give your teeth and gums the nutrients they need to stay strong.

Need to schedule your six-month cleaning? Concerned about the health of your smile? Then call Apple Valley Dental today to schedule your next appointment. Let us take care of all your general, restorative and preventive dental needs.