Oral Care Tips for Vegans
Vegan and vegetarians tend to be extremely knowledgeable about their nutritional needs, but a diet that eliminates food groups can result in deficiencies for some, especially children and teens. Our dental office can help you ensure that you are getting all the nutrients you need for a healthy body and a healthy smile.
Foods of animal origin tend to be good sources of protein, calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin, and vitamin B12. With care, you can get these nutrients from non-animal sources, including grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits. For example, soy or almond milk with added vitamin D and calcium can be good alternatives to dairy products, and can help keep your teeth strong. Rice, soy, and nutritional yeast are good sources of B12. You can find riboflavin in mushrooms, almonds, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach.
Protein is also important. Combine lentils, peanuts, and beans with whole grains such as rice, corn, and wheat to create complete proteins that provide your body with all the essential amino acids and healthy fats it needs without the need for eating any meat.
With the right vitamins and minerals, you can build strong teeth and gums and reduce your risk of gum disease. If you eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, complete proteins, and whole grains, your body will never miss the animal-based foods. Call our office today to learn more about how a healthy diet fits into your preventive dental strategy or to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Mondavi.
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