Nutrition: What You Eat Affects Your Teeth

Family eating a healthy meal 

Your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re essential for chewing and swallowing—the first steps in the digestion process. Your mouth is your body’s initial point of contact with the nutrients you consume. So what you put in your mouth impacts not only your general health but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your mouth.

National Nutrition Month.  Print and color the activity sheets

See below for a few helpful things to know about what you eat can impact your dental health.

About Your Diet and Dental Health

  • Recommended Nutritional Guidelines
  • Diet and Tooth Decay
  • How Snacking Affects Your Dental Health
  • Foods That Harm Your Dental Health
  • Foods That Benefit Dental Health
  • Sugar and Your Dental Health
  • How Sugar Substitutes Affect Your Teeth
  • 4 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Cavities