Did you know particular vitamins and minerals can help strengthen your teeth and keep them healthy?
Calcium is one of the most important minerals for healthy, strong teeth. While we were always told to drink a glass of milk to keep our teeth strong, calcium is found in many foods - not just dairy products! You can find calcium in leafy greens, beans and lentils, almonds, sardines and salmon as well as many other healthy, tasty foods!
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and boosts bone mineral density. This means it’s important to get enough Vitamin D to make the most out of your calcium intake. Vitamin D is naturally produced by our bodies when we are exposed to the sun however it’s often not quite enough. Particularly in winter when working indoors, we may not see much of the sun at all. Some foods that are rich in Vitamin D include salmon and other fish like tuna and sardines; mushrooms and egg yolks.
Phosphorus is another one that plays a crucial role in dental health due to its ability to protect and rebuild enamel. Phosphorus is found in a wide range of foods including chicken and turkey - 1 cup of either has more than 40% of your recommended phosphorus intake. Dairy is a good source of phosphorus with low-fat and non-fat dairy products containing more than whole-fat dairy products. If you’re looking for a plant-based source of phosphorus, you can find it in sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Just 28 grams of roasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds contains about 45% of the RDI for phosphorus. Nuts are another great source of phosphorus with Brazil nuts being the best in this category; Almonds, cashews and pine nuts aren’t too far behind.
Vitamin C is another vitamin that helps develop good dental health. Vitamin C helps to strengthen your gums and the soft tissue in your mouth and helps protect against gingivitis. Sounds like a pretty important vitamin, so where do you get it from? You can find Vitamin C in citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits as well as broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and kiwi fruit.
Vitamin A is a key nutrient in keeping gums healthy and helping to rebuild tooth enamel. Foods that are rich in Vitamin A are usually orange so it’s easy to remember which foods you should be eating! You can find it in foods such as sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, apricots as well as leafy greens and eggs.
If you are eating a healthy, balanced diet, you should feel confident knowing that you are getting all the nutrients you need for strong teeth.