Tupelo, MS - Dr. John Kenney "Your Dental Health" Balanced Diet

Poor nutrition affects the entire immune system, making the body susceptible to many disorders. Tooth decay, and periodontal disease are two of the most common oral diseases, and you may be able to prevent them by simply improving your diet. Be sure to plan meals and snacks to promote better oral health. Eat a well-balanced diet by choosing foods from the five major food groups: fruits, vegetables, breads & cereals, milk & dairy products, and meat. Avoid fad diets that limit or eliminate entire food groups, which usually result in vitamin or mineral deficiencies. When you snack -- avoid soft, sweet, sticky foods like cakes, candy, and dried fruit, because foods that cling to your teeth promote tooth decay. Instead, choose foods such as nuts, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese and sugarless gum or candy. And always keep your mouth moist by drinking lots of water.