Healthy Diet – Healthy Teeth

Dietary choices affect oral health as well as general health and well-being. To help the public make choices for a healthy diet, the US Department of Agriculture and the Department of Heath and Human Services published these dietary guidelines. These guidelines are supported by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; who promote a well-balanced, low caries-risk, nutrient-dense diet for infants and children.

  1. Eat a variety of foods.
  2. Balance foods eaten with physical activity to maintain a healthy body mass index.
  3. Maintain a caloric intake adequate to support normal growth and development and to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
  4. Choose a diet with plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains and low in fat, saturated (especially trans-saturated) fat, and cholesterol.
  5. Use sugars and salt in moderation.