Nutrition: What You Eat Affects Your Teeth

The American Dental Association has stated that your gums, teeth and mouth play an important role in the digestive process. They are necessary for chewing and swallowing, which are the first parts of digestion. The foods you eat not only affect your general health, but they also affect your gums and teeth. In fact, your mouth will probably be the first part of your body to show any signs if your nutrition is poor. Here are tips for eating to improve your dental health:

Your calorie and nutrition needs are largely contingent upon your gender, activity level, age and overall health. However, MyPlate has general recommendations for everyone. Below are the recommendations:

Vegetables And Fruits-These should make up half of your plate at every meal.

Grains- At least 50 percent of the grains that you eat should be whole grains. This includes oatmeal, brown rice and whole wheat bread.

Dairy-Select low-fat or fat-free dairy products.

Protein-Choose lean protein, such as fish and poultry. You should also include beans, legumes and eggs in your diet. Additionally, you should consume eight ounces of seafood per week.

In addition to eating healthy, you should also stay active. Adult need 2.5 hours of moderate activity per week.

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