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Calcium is vital for a healthy smile. It fortifies tooth enamel, which in turn protects the soft inner layers of the tooth from decay and cavities.

If you need to limit dairy, how can you get the recommended daily dose of calcium (1,000-2,000mg per day)? There are actually many non-dairy foods with great calcium content. Here are some options to consider:

Dark Leafy Greens: Collard greens, spinach, and kale are all excellent sources of calcium. With low calories, high fiber content, and lots of vitamins, these greens are powerhouses of nutrition for your whole body. Try them in a green smoothie for a refreshing beverage option, for breakfast or a snack.

Orange Juice with Calcium: Did you know that there is an entire day’s worth of calcium in just one glass of fortified orange juice? However, it also has a lot of natural sugars and acids. Try drinking plain water afterward to help clean your mouth. Drink OJ with a large meal to help neutralize acids.

Almonds: Almonds are a great way to include a calcium-filled crunch in your diet–they provide 246 mg of calcium per cup! Additionally, they contain magnesium, vitamin E, fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Almonds are an excellent option for overall health.

For more ideas of how to take care of your smile in Union, New Jersey, call us at Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS. Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki and our team look forward to helping you keep your smile healthy and bright this holiday season!