Calcium is vital nutrient for healthy teeth. It helps sustain tooth enamel, which protects the soft inner layers of the tooth from decay and cavities.
To get the recommended daily dose of calcium, many people turn to dairy products. But if you need to limit dairy, how can you get the recommended daily dose of calcium? Luckily, there are many non-dairy foods with great calcium content. Here are some other options:
Almonds: Almonds are a tasty way to include calcium in your diet. They provide 246 mg of calcium per cup! They also contain magnesium and vitamin E, fiber, protein, and healthy fats. All in all, almonds are an excellent snacking option.
Dark Leafy Greens: For a fantastic boost to your diet, think green! Spinach, collard greens, and kale are all sources of calcium. And, they are delicious! With low calories, high fiber, and packed with nutrients, these greens are powerhouses of nutrition for your whole body. Try them in a green smoothie for a refreshing drink option.
Orange Juice with Calcium: Did you know that frozen orange juice concentrate fortified with calcium contains 1514 mg of calcium per cup? That is an entire day’s worth of calcium in just one glass! Be careful with orange juice, as it has a lot of natural sugars and acids. Try drinking plain water afterward to help clean your mouth.
Fortified Foods: Foods such as tofu and even some breakfast cereals come fortified with extra calcium. This is a great way to enjoy a variety of foods while still giving your body the calcium it needs to support healthy teeth!
For more ideas of how to take care of your smile, call E. Morgan Scheiber & Associates at 508-746-4033. Dr. E. Morgan Scheiber and our team look forward to helping you keep your smile healthy and bright!