A vegetarian diet is chosen by many for a variety of reasons, but did you know this type of diet can cause you to miss out on certain nutrients? Although going vegan has many health benefits, some of the nutrients needed for your teeth are most commonly found in meat and dairy products. On the bright side, vegetarians can substitute these valuable nutrients with other foods, so we’ve gathered some tips to help you stay healthy in your lifestyle.
Calcium is important for keeping teeth and bones strong. Although dairy products are most commonly credited with providing calcium there are many alternatives to get your daily intake. Such as:
- Dark leafy greens
- Fortified tofu
Before that calcium can fully absorb into the body and provide the desired benefit to your bones and teeth, your body will need phosphorus. Some great vegan foods that contain phosphorus are:
- Whole grains
Vitamin D is naturally produced in the body with sun exposure, but it is also found in milk and fish, so those who don’t eat these products and aren’t able to get out much are more likely to have a deficiency. Lack of vitamin D puts you at higher risk for periodontal disease and decay. To enhance vitamin D in the body try:
- Soy milk and almond milk
- Vegetable margarine
Riboflavin is a B vitamin that helps protect from mouth sores and oral inflammation. It’s found in red meat, poultry and fish. But these aren’t the only sources; vegetarians can get their necessary riboflavin from:
A balanced diet is important to any healthy lifestyle. Like all of us, vegetarians need to ensure they are getting the nutrients they need for their oral and overall health. If eating a balanced diet is a challenge, you may also want to consider some vitamin supplements. If you would like more advice on how to maintain a healthy smile, come see us and we would be happy to provide some personalized guidance for your oral health.