Nutrition and Oral Health: A Resource Guide
Nutrition and oral health are interrelated. Nutrition and diet can affect overall health and well-being as well as the development and integrity of the oral cavity and the progression of oral diseases. Likewise, oral disease impacts the ability to eat and nutrition status. Caries-causing bacteria in the mouth use sugar in food to make acid that can break down tooth surfaces and create tooth decay (dental caries).
This guide provides information to assist health professionals, program administrators, educators, parents, and others in promoting good eating and oral health practices to help prevent oral disease in pregnant women, infants, children, and adolescents.
Permission is given to photocopy this publication or to forward it, in its entirety, to others. Requests for permission to use all or part of the information contained in this publication in other ways should be sent to
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Washington, DC 20057-1272
This publication was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an annual award totaling $1,000,000 with no funding from nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official policy of HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. government, nor should any endorsements be inferred.