Our mouth, gums and teeth are the first steps in the digestion process. You’ll often find when nutrition is poor, the first indications show up in the mouth.

Factors like age, gender and physical activity can impact overall health. According to MyPlate, a website for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion Agency, only a balanced and healthy diet can manage the healthy state of your mouth. In that regard, here are some things to keep in mind about what you’re eating and how it impacts your dental health.

  • It is advised at least half of all meals should include fruits or vegetables.
  • You should be consuming grains, with 50 percent of those being whole grains like brown rice, oatmeal and whole wheat bread.
  • For good long-term nutrition, go with low fat or fat free dairy products.
  • Lean beef, fish, skinless poultry and other lean proteins should pop up on your plate frequently. Vary protein choices to include beans, eggs, peas and legumes.
  • Every week, eat at least eight ounces of seafood.

To maximize your health, it’s critical that we stay active. Adults should engage in no less than two and a half hours of moderate to intense physical activity every week.

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