How to keep your teeth healthy this Veganuary
Veganism is on the rise and shows no signs of stopping. If you’re adopting a vegan diet for January, you might be getting many questions from people asking, ‘But where do you get your calcium and vitamins from?’. Sound familiar?There are many different vegan or plant based food options, which can ensure that you get all of the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy and smile confidently this January.
When we think of strong, healthy teeth, we often think of foods rich in calcium, e.g. milk & cheese. However, there are now plenty of plant based alternatives, such a vegan cheese, soy, coconut milk, tofu, almond and leafy greens such as kale. Almost all of the calcium in your body is stored in your bones and teeth, where it supports their structure and strength, so it is vital to make sure to eat these plant based alternatives to keep your teeth strong.
Vitamin C is an important one to help fight off gum disease and can be found in bell peppers, oranges, broccoli, kale and sweet potato.
Usually found in foods such as oily fish, egg yolks, cod liver oil & the sun – a great excuse book a trip somewhere hot, this January! It can also be found in orange juice and mushrooms, but it is recommended that non-meat eaters take vitamin D supplements daily.
Iron benefits the health of your tongue and mouth. Without sufficient iron in your diet, your tongue can become inflamed and sores may appear. Vegan foods rich in iron are kale, brown rice, pluses, beans and nuts.
Vitamins B12 also contributes to the overall health of the mouth and is traditionally found in meat and diary products. However vegans can find B12 in nutritional yeast, soya milk or in daily supplements.
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