The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) reminds Connecticut residents to eat healthy to help maintain a healthy mouth during Fruits and Veggies - More Matters month.
“The kind of food you put in your mouth matters,” said Dr. Gary Linker, CSDA President. “Much has been said about the importance of healthy foods for your overall health, but the same goes for oral health. Certain foods contain nutrients that affect general health as well as the health of your teeth and gums.”
“Sugary foods and drinks, like candy, soda and juice put your teeth at risk of decay,” said Dr. Linker, “while fruits and vegetables contain healthy nutrients and minerals that support health and keep teeth strong.”
The USDA recommends that adults eat between 2 and 3 cups of vegetables each day, along with 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit.
Fruits and Veggies – More Matters is a health initiative focused on helping Americans increase fruit and vegetable consumption for better health.
“As chronic diseases have increased among all age groups, it’s more important now than ever to eat a rich diet of healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables,” said Dr. Linker. “A healthy diet can help reduce risk for oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease.”
“It’s also important to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day,” said Dr. Linker. “You need healthy teeth to chew and swallow. If you’re concerned about your dental health, or haven’t visited a dentist in a while, schedule a check-up with your dentist, who can share more ways to maintain good dental health.”
For more information on healthy food choices, visit ChooseMyPlate.gov.
For more information on maintaining oral health, visit. www.MouthHealthy.org.