April is Oral Health Month and an important part of this celebration was National Dental Hygienists’ Week. From April 8 – 14th thousands of dental hygienists from across the country came together to bring awareness to the importance of maintaining good oral health practices. Their theme for this week “Oral Health for Total Health” was a reminder that keeping our teeth free from cavities and our gums free from disease is not only important to our appearance, but our overall health.
To maintain good oral health, we need to do more than brush and floss our teeth daily, or visit the dentist regularly; we need to make sure we are getting enough vitamins, minerals and other nutrients needed for strong, healthy bones. Chicken is a good source of iron, zinc and phosphorus, which are important nutrients for healthy bones and teeth. When we combine chicken with other healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, we are creating delicious and well-balanced meals for overall health. No other meat is so versatile.
Do you have a favourite side dish, and would like to pair it with a nutritious protein to make a complete meal? Watch our video on how to season liquid for perfectly poached chicken, every time.
For oral health month, don’t forget to improve your overall health by reading Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide and SMILE!