Caring for your teeth means more than brushing and cleaning between them every day. It also means paying attention to the foods you eat.
One of the most important nutrients for healthy teeth is calcium. Calcium strengthens the hard outer shell of your tooth called enamel, which is your teeth’s defense against erosion and cavities. To protect your teeth and get the 1,000-2,000 mg daily recommended amount of calcium, many people turn to dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt.
If you’re lactose intolerant or need to limit dairy, there are a number of foods that can still give you the calcium you need. Calcium is found naturally in some foods, while others – such as juice, tofu and even waffles – are now fortified with added calcium.
Here are some non-dairy options from the USDA Food Composition Database to help keep your body and smile strong.