June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month. So it’s a good time to remind you of how good for you they are – including your teeth. Why are fruits and veggies good for teeth? They contain vitamins and minerals that keep your teeth and gums in great shape. Plus, those that are high in fiber act almost like natural toothbrushes, helping scrub away harmful substances.
The American Heart Association recommends eating four to five portions a day. Yet most people eat far less than that. We’re happy to make recommendations and answer questions during your dental exams. Call us today at 979-279-8839 to schedule one in our Bryan, TX office.
In the meantime, check out our suggestions for adding more fruits and veggies to your diet:
- Add Them to Your Favorite Foods – Add fruits and vegetables to foods you already eat. Top yogurt or cereal with berries. Use green pepper, mushrooms, and other veggies as pizza toppings and sandwich additives.
- Schedule a Vegetarian Night – Plan to cook at least one vegetarian meal a week. You’ll find lots of great resources online for recipes, including these 101 options from bon appetit.
- Try New Varieties – Most supermarkets stock far more than apples, oranges, and green beans. Pick a new fruit or vegetable to try every time you shop for groceries.
- Visit Farmers’ Markets – Farmers’ markets are an excellent source for fresh fruits and vegetables and a great way to support your local community. You can also consider joining a CSA, which supplies weekly shares of food from local farmers. You can search for one near you on the USDA website.
- Prep in Advance – Clean fruits and veggies and chop them into smaller pieces that are easy to consume for snacks and/or use in recipes. You’ll use more if they are already ready to go. Freeze some too, so you always have some on hand.
To schedule your next dental exam at Johnson Dentistry, call 979-279-8839 today.