In spite of spending twice as much as as 6 peers – Britain, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand – the US came in last in many measures of overall health. The top risk factors that lead to poor heath are poor diet, tobacco use, obesity, and high blood pressure. Poor diet can be improved by eating a variety of vegetables and fruit, lean protein, and whole grains. Having pain-free teeth and gums to properly chew and digest is essential to good nutrition. For more information about healthy teeth and gums call 970-242-7373, Dr. Nadine Hutchins.