How Does a Dairy Free Diet Impact Dental Health?

dairy-freePeople undertake a dairy free diet for a variety of reasons such as allergies or wanting to improve overall health. However, how does a dairy-free diet impact dental health? Dairy-free diets cut off important sources of Vitamin D and Calcium. These put you at a higher risk for tooth decay and other dental problems.

Why are Calcium and Vitamin D essential for healthy teeth?

Calcium strengthens your tooth’s enamel. Weak enamel puts your teeth at risk for cavities and tooth decay. Calcium keeps bones and teeth strong. The body does not make Calcium. It must be absorbed through other channels such as in foods or in vitamin form. To properly absorb Calcium in the body, you need the help of Vitamin D. Many foods which are rich in Calcium are also rich in Vitamin D which is good news. You just need to include those foods in your diet and not all of those foods have dairy in them. Another important source of Vitamin D is sunlight so make sure you get outside and into the sunshine as well. The average adult needs about 1,000 mg of Calcium every day and about 600 mcg (micrograms) of Vitamin D.

Dairy-free Foods that are rich in Calcium:

  • beans
  • oysters
  • kale
  • brussel sprouts
  • broccoli
  • bok choy
  • cereal
  • orange juice
  • soy milk
  • nuts

Dairy-free Foods that are rich in Vitamin D:

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  • mackerel
  • salmon
  • tuna
  • mushrooms

If you include these foods in your diet, you should be able to avoid the tooth problems that come from not having enough Calcium and Vitamin D in your diet. You can be tooth healthy without dairy. You just have to be willing to make some dietary adjustments. Of course, you can also take supplements and vitamins to get the proper levels of Calcium and Vitamin D. However, it seems that by eating foods rich in these elements, you get a better absorption in the system and find less health problems overall.

Whichever way you decide to get the appropriate level of Calcium and Vitamin D, make sure you do it because it’s necessary to build a strong enamel and keep your teeth healthy. You want to keep your teeth healthy so you can have them for a lifetime. Make sure you include these elements in your diet somehow everyday.

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