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Food for Thought: The Relationship Between Oral Health and Nutrition

Course Number: 583

Nutrition 101

"One Should Eat to Live, Not Live to Eat..." - Benjamin Franklin

Nutritional status is often reflected in the oral health of tissues. The conditions of health or disease often relate to food and nutrient intake and the inflammatory activity that may occur in oral pathology and other systemic diseases in the body.11

A balanced diet is essential to support nutritional status and contains all the necessary nutrients in amounts needed to meet individual needs.