The American Dental Association states that people generally eat eye-appealing food. However, your teeth, gums and mouth do more than just eat. Digestion starts with chewing food and swallowing. Nutrients first come in contact with all areas of your mouth; therefore, the food consumed affects your overall health and every aspect of your mouth. Actually, those who do not choose nutritional food notice initial warning signs in their mouth.

Nutrition Guidelines

Health factors like gender, age and exercise decide the calories and nutrition needed for wellbeing. The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion is a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Their website, MyPlate, lists food for a healthy, balanced diet:

Fat free or low fat dairy products should be chosen.

Vegetables and fruits should make up 50 percent of your meals.

Grains should be eaten every day. Whole grains like brown rice, 100 percent wheat bread and oatmeal should be half of what is consumed.

Lean protein like skinless chicken and turkey or lean beef is recommended. Eight ounces of fish and other seafood can be enjoyed weekly. Other proteins that can be consumed are beans, eggs, legumes and peas.

Adults should also remain active while eating healthy. Being moderately physically active for a minimum of two and one half hours each week is recommended.