According to the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an agency of U.S. Department of Agriculture, a balanced and healthy diet should include:
Fruits and vegetables. Combined, these should cover half your plate at meals.
Grains. At least half of the grains you eat should be whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread and brown rice.
Dairy. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods.
Protein. Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish. Also include eggs, beans, peas and legumes. Eat at least eight ounces of seafood a week.
In addition to diet, it’s also important to stay active for good health. Adults should get at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity physical activity every week.
Develop good dental hygiene and eating habits to keep cavities away.
Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes to remove sugars and food particles from your teeth.
Limit between-meal snacking.
Keep added sugar in your diet to a minimum.
Water, especially fluoridated water, is the best beverage for maintaining your oral health.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.
Brian Y. Kuo DDS FAGD