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Eating Habits

What are good eating habits for healthy teeth?

Eating patterns and food choices are important factors that affect tooth decay.
Almost all foods have some type of sugar that cannot and should not be eliminated from our diets.

Without a balanced diet that emphasizes:
•    Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low fat milk and milk products.
•    Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts.
•    Low consumption of saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars.
Health problems including obesity, nutrient deficiencies and tooth decay can result.

You can learn more about the USDA’s recommendations at