Calcium is important for healthy teeth. It helps fortify tooth enamel, which in turn protects the soft inner layers of the tooth–the dentin and pulp– from decay and cavities.
To get the recommended daily dose of calcium, many people turn to dairy products, as they are excellent calcium sources. But if you need to limit dairy, how can you get the recommended daily dose (1,000-2,000mg per day)? Conveniently, there are many non-dairy foods with great calcium content. Here are some options to consider:
Dark Leafy Greens: For a nutritious boost to your diet, think green! Collard greens, spinach, and kale are all great sources of calcium. With low calories, high fiber content, and packed with vitamins, these greens are powerhouses of nutrition for your whole body. Try them in a green smoothie for a refreshing beverage option.
Fortified Foods: Foods such as tofu and even some breakfast cereals come with extra added 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 and gums! Be careful of cereals with a lot of sugar.
Orange Juice with Calcium: Did you know that frozen orange juice concentrate fortified with calcium contains 1514 mg of calcium per reconstituted cup? That is an entire day’s worth of calcium in just one glass of OJ! Be careful, as it has a lot of natural sugars and acids. Try drinking plain water afterward to help clean your mouth, and drink with a large meal to help neutralize acids.
Almonds: Almonds are a tasty way to include a calcium crunch in your diet. They provide 246 mg of calcium per cup! They also contain magnesium, vitamin E, fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Almonds are an excellent snacking option for overall health.
For more ideas of how to take care of your smile in Brecksville, Ohio, call us at Edward S. Brandon DDS Inc. Dr. Edward Brandon and our team look forward to helping you keep your smile healthy and bright!