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West Des Moines Dentist on Healthy Diets and Healthy Teeth


With the holidays over, gyms are crowded as people work to keep their New Year’s resolution. Dieting and weight loss won’t just help you look good on the beach this summer, but will also strengthen teeth and brighten smiles. Your West Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, explains the importance of diet and exercise for maintaining good dental health.

Good Diet Leads to Strong Teeth

Did you know that many of the same foods and drinks that add weight also damage your teeth? With a proper diet, you can lose weight in a healthy manner and help prevent the development of tooth decay and gum disease. Some tips for a balanced diet include:

  • Avoid foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches. They help pack on the pounds and increase oral acidity, which causes tooth decay.
  • Chew sugar-free gum. Chewing gum helps people avoid the urge to snack, and sugar-free gum allows you to chew without damaging your teeth.
  • Eat more fish. Adding fish to your diet will slim your waistline and protect your teeth. Fish contain vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids that are good for the heart and help restore gum tissue.

Following these simple preventive dentistry techniques will also help your teeth stay white and beautiful.

Importance of Exercise on Dental Health

Try to get outside. Jogging, walking, playing sports, or just taking the dog for a stroll will allow your body to absorb vitamin D. Exposure to the sun gives you a dose of vitamin D that will promote calcium growth, strengthening bones and teeth. Vitamin D also increases the amount of certain antimicrobial peptides that help prevent tooth decay by fighting the harmful bacteria in our mouths.

Visit Dr. Johnson Today

Don’t forget to attend your regular checkups with Dr. Johnson. These appointments allow Dr. Johnson and our team to check for the warning signs of tooth decay and gum disease. Catching dental problems early will let Dr. Johnson create a treatment plan, and help you avoid the need for costly and invasive procedures in the future.

Come visit Dr. Johnson at our 50266 dental office for a checkup or cleaning. To make an appointment, call (515) 223-9764. We serve patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.


MapValley Ridge Family Dental
6150 Village View Drive, #109,
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Phone: 515.223.9764
After-hours emergency: 515.423.0445
Fax: 515.327.6230

Office Hours

Monday: 8 am-5 pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8 am-5 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am- 1:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am-4:30 pm