Welcome back to the Distinctive Dentistry Blog . As your family dentist, I wanted to focus on some helpful “Dietary Do’s” for you, this time. Here are some dietary dental tips:
- You Don’t Have To Pray To The Calcium Gods, Just Eat Foods That Contain Calcium – Since calcium is a major component of bones and teeth, you must replenish your body’s supply of it. Dairy foods such as low fat milk, low fat cheeses, and yogurt are excellent sources for calcium, of course, because of they are dairy foods. However, non-dairy foods such as soybeans, okra, and dark leafy greens (such as spinach, kale, arugula, collard greens, and green cabbage) are also good sources of calcium for the lactose intolerant or those who just don’t like dairy.
- Get Some Fun In The Sun Everyday – Make it a point to get some sun rays, which stimulates your body’s natural production of Vitamin D. This is important because now that you’re getting all the calcium that you need, Vitamin D will help your body absorb it and use its nutrients. You don’t necessarily have to lay out in your speedos or bikini, just spend some time outside with some skin exposed. If it’s extended amounts of time then use some sun lotion and sun glasses for those UV rays. Or, opt for dietary sources of Vitamin D which include fortified beverages (milk, orange juice, soy milk), and fatty fish such as salmon and tuna.
- Orange You Glad You Get Your Citrus? – Citrus does a couple good things for you. First, it contains oodles of Vitamin C, which helps prevent your gums from bleeding and your teeth from becoming loose. Second, it promotes saliva excretion in your mouth, which is your body’s natural teeth cleaning method. Now that doesn’t mean that you can just chug a glass of orange juice and forget about brushing. You still have to brush and floss every day.
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