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teethProper Nutrition

A healthy diet is essential for a child’s growth and development. Like the rest of the body, the teeth, bones, and soft tissues of the mouth need a well-balanced diet. Children should eat a variety of foods from the five major food groups in line with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (choosemyplate.gov). These foods include fruits and vegetables; breads, cereals, and other grain products; milk, cheese, and yogurt; meat, poultry, fish, and alternates such as dry beans, peas, eggs, and nuts.