We are very passionate about optimizing your oral health. Getting to that point is impossible without the proper dietary choices. The truth is that no matter how much brushing and flossing one does, a poor diet will show in the appearance and functionality of your teeth. Healthy eating is a long term commitment that should be both sustainable and enjoyable. Although your current diet may be far from healthy, you needn’t be discouraged. Making a change to things that we do daily is not easy. Nothing worth doing is. It is the little steps that we do day in and day out that build momentum over time to get us to our end goal; our most energetic, radiant and healthy self. With this in mind understanding what vitamins and minerals are best for our teeth is paramount in ensuring that they are strong, healthy and with us for the long haul.
Whether by way of milk commercials or our family doctor we have all at one point or another heard the important role that calcium plays in the formation and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones. Such claims are not hyperbole as there is no more essential mineral for our skeletal structure and teeth. Adequate calcium is particularly important for women as a lack of it over time can lead to issues such as osteoporosis. Beyond dairy products, other tooth friendly foods rich in calcium include dark leafy greens, broccoli and tofu.
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Vitamin D is important as both a vitamin as well as in support of calcium. How you ask? Calcium is only effective when it is properly absorbed and processed by our body, something that vitamin D helps ensure. Beyond this, the ‘sunshine’ vitamin helps strengthen teeth and bones by boosting mineral density and growth. Vitamin D occurs naturally in fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna. It is also a common ingredient in fortified milk and certain juices. The best source of the vitamin however is good old sunshine. Spending time in the sun goes a long way in ensuring you are receiving enough. Be sure to apply sunscreen generously and don’t forget to re-apply it accordingly.
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Most of us link potassium with bananas, and the yellow fruit is definitely one of the best sources of the tooth essential mineral. Potassium, like vitamin D aids in boosting tooth and bone mineral density; making both strong and healthy. If you dislike bananas or are avoiding sugars, other dietary sources of potassium include spinach, avocado, chickpeas, sweet potato and yogurt.
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If you are considering supplements in order to receive adequate amounts of the above minerals and vitamins, we recommend that you consult your family doctor to determine whether it is the right course of action for you. As always, It is best to get your daily dose from natural sources such as the foods you eat and the beverages you drink. Have a wonderful day and remember that eating healthy is a major part of being healthy.
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