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Protein & Oral Health

 Protein & Oral Health

Calcium, as you likely know, is an important part of keeping children's growing teeth strong and healthy. However, many other dietary elements are also important to children's good oral health, and protein is one of them.

Consuming a variety of nutritionally dense foods is an important part of keeping your mind and body healthy. Protein plays an important role in building strong muscles, of course, but it also plays a role in good oral health.

The body requires proteins to help build and repair damaged or worn out tissues.

But there's more to it! Protein (especially animal protein) contains the mineral phosphorous, which is vital in improving the strength of teeth and of the jaw. When phosphorus is combined with calcium and vitamin D, healthy teeth and bones are the result!

Sources of Protein

Animal proteins such as eggs, dairy, meat and fish are some of the most obvious protein sources, but for those of you who prefer a vegetarian or vegan diet, or who have picky eaters at home, there are many plant-based protein sources as well!

Some great plant-based protein sources include nuts, seeds, tofu, lentils and beans.

If you have questions about nutrition and your child’s oral health, feel free to contact The Smile Town Burnaby team today! We’d be glad to give you the advice and guidance you need.

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