When we encounter patients who cannot consume dairy or who lead vegan lifestyles, one of the key questions that pops up in regard to smile health includes: How am I going to get enough calcium? While it may seem complex at first glance, the truth is that drinking a tall glass of cow’s milk, eating cheese, etc., are not the only ways you get your calcium. In fact, many foods are full of this mineral that you truly do need to promote a smile that is healthy and that stays that way! Consider your options and, if you have remaining questions, remember to check in with our Pella, IA team!
About Daily Intake Numbers
Patients frequently ask first about how much calcium is required for overall health and smile health, which is a very good question! You may speak with us about how much calcium you need and you may also speak with your family doctor. The general rule of thumb is about 1,000 mcg but, of course, that can vary from one person to the next!
Your Questions About Supplements
Yep, you may certainly supplement your diet if you are in need of more calcium than you’re getting. However, we always suggest that you first do all that you can to maximize the amount you naturally get through your diet. Then see what’s left over and rely on supplements when absolutely necessary!
Our team hopes you remember that if you don’t do dairy, you still have nuts, many veggies, beans, and more as wonderful additions to your diet for good smile health and general health.
Vegan Milk Options
Are you a vegan? Avoiding dairy? Remember that just because you aren’t drinking cow’s milk doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Instead, remember to check out milk alternatives as many of them have been fortified with calcium (including coconut, soy, etc.)!
Calcium Fortified Foods
Of course, you don’t want to face brittle teeth or cavities as a result of a calcium deficiency but you may find that you would like more than just natural sources of calcium. Is there anything left, you wonder? Of course! Don’t overlook the fact that many of the fortified foods you may already have in your pantry and fridge have calcium that has essentially been added to the nutritional content. From cereals to breads, orange juice, and more, you might find that it’s already right under your nose! Check labels for more info.
Learn About Calcium Options With Us
When you’re not sure how to consume enough of a particular vitamin, mineral, etc., for your smile health but you are dedicated to good care, we always suggest that you take time to learn more from our team! To learn more, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Allen & Neumann Family Dentistry in Pella, IA, today at (641) 628-1121.