Improve Your Nutrition, Improve Your Oral Health [BLOG]

Preventing gum disease isn’t just about routine dental cleanings and good oral hygiene.

It’s about fueling your body with the right foods, which is why our team at Hawkins Complete Dental Service offers nutritional counseling to help our Zanesville, OH patients improve their oral health by what they put on their plates!

Improve Your Nutrition, Improve Your Oral Health!

Here’s a list of teeth-friendly foods you can start adding to your diet today for a healthier, stronger smile!


Yes, yogurt is a healthy dairy product that gives your body added calcium and protein, but even more than that, it’s a probiotic.

You have good and bad bacteria in your body, and probiotics stimulate the good bacteria so it can reduce your body’s inflammation and strengthen its immunity to ward off infection.

That’s exactly what you want if you hope to beat gum disease.


Hard cheeses scrub the surface of your teeth as you chew, providing an extra bit of natural cleaning power to your usual brushing and flossing.

A great source of calcium, cheese also helps build strong teeth and bones, both essential to your oral health and your smile.

It goes great with almost anything and is an easy source of extra nutrients.


They don’t call them nature’s toothbrush for nothing! Apples are one of the most popular teeth-building foods on the planet because they’re highly nutritious, full of calcium and fiber, and oh, so tasty!

Crunchy and naturally sweet, eating an apple whole can work like a toothbrush, scrubbing your teeth clean as you chew. Sliced or chopped apples are a versatile snack that work great when paired with cheeses, nuts, peanut butter, yogurt, and even salads.

Healthy, delicious, and great for your teeth!


Like apples, celery provides the same kind of texture as apples as it breaks up in your mouth and scrubs your teeth and gums clean naturally. It can separate into floss-like strings to clear bits of other food particles hiding in your mouth, too. Crunchy and full of water, celery is also a great saliva stimulant to give your mouth even more help staying clean.


Packed with teeth-strengthening protein, almonds are a delicious, crunchy snack that produces saliva to help you fight bacteria and shield your teeth and gums from harmful acids.

Almonds also nourish your brain, heart, and balance your body’s blood sugar. These make a great addition to all sorts of healthy snacks and dishes for an easy boost of nutrients.

Schedule An Appointment!

Are your New Year’s resolutions about eating and living healthier a distant memory already?

It’s never too late to get back on track!

With nutritional counseling at Hawkins Complete Dental Service, you can start fresh with your daily diet and improve your overall nutrition, health, and your smile!

Call our Zanesville, OH office today at 740-214-1301 or fill out our convenient online form to schedule an appointment.