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Diet and Nutrition


Eating patterns and food choices play an important role in preventing (or promoting) tooth decay and gum disease. From a dental perspective, a steady diet of sugary foods and drinks, including juice and sports drinks, can damage teeth.

The ADA works closely with government agencies, public health leaders and others to ensure federal nutrition and food assistance programs promote balanced, nutritious diets that contribute to sound oral health.

Letters & Testimony

  • October 28, 2013Letter (PDF) addressing the Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS’) interim final rule governing the nutrition standards for all foods sold on school grounds.
  • April 8, 2013Letter (PDF) addressing the Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS’) proposed nutrition standards for all foods sold on school campuses.
  • Dec. 18, 2012Coalition letter (PDF) urging the House Committee on Agriculture to defend the SNAP-Ed program during floor debate over H.R. 6083, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2012.
  • July 23, 2012Coalition letter (PDF) calling for the Surgeon General to detail the current knowledge about the relationship(s) between specific dietary practices and oral diseases.
  • June 1, 2012Statement on the New York City mayor's proposal to ban the purchase of large-sized sugary beverages.

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