Calcium has long been known as a key nutrient for good oral health as it strengthens tooth enamel (the tooth’s outer shell), which in turn protects against cavities and decay. Many people get their daily dose of calcium via dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese. But what if you are vegetarian/vegan, lactose intolerant or simply do not like dairy products?
It is not uncommon for some people who are on a dairy-free diet to experience a deficiency in calcium and other mouth-friendly nutrients. Lack of calcium can put someone at risk for tooth decay and gum disease. For this reason, it is important for people who do not eat or drink dairy products to find alternative sources. Taking daily calcium supplements is also recommended. In this blog post, Longmont dentist Dr. Amy Farmer reveals non-dairy, calcium-rich foods to keep the teeth and gums strong and healthy.
Orange Juice with Added Calcium
Oranges are a natural source of calcium, but some orange juices come with an added dose of the mineral. Look for orange juices that come fortified with calcium. But remember, the daily recommendation is one eight-ounce glass. Like other juices, orange juice can be high in sugar and contain acids that, if consumed in large amounts, can harm the teeth. Enjoy orange juice in moderation.
Tofu with Added Calcium
Like orange juice, tofu with fortified calcium is great for strong teeth and preventing cavities. In addition, tofu is rich in protein, gluten-free and contains no cholesterol. Enjoy tofu with scrambled eggs, stir fry or in a salad.
Almonds are chockful of health fats, fiber, vitamin E and calcium, making them an excellent snack option. Enjoy almonds alone or sprinkled on top of your frozen low-fat yogurt.
Spinach and other leafy vegetables provide a range of nutrients including fiber, iron and calcium. Keep your teeth healthy and strong by adding a cup of spinach, kale or collard greens to your lunch or dinner plate.
Dr. Amy Farmer is the dentist patients in Longmont trust for good oral health. Following a thorough dental exam, Dr. Farmer can make recommendations to your diet and lifestyle in order to enhance your oral health. To schedule an appointment, please contact (303) 776-1480 today.