Getting Calcium: Keeping Your Teeth Strong When You’re Lactose Intolerant

Many individuals who are lactose intolerant worry that they aren’t getting enough Calcium or Vitamin D to lettucesupport their teeth. Did you know that these vitamins might be hiding in some of your favorite foods? These are a few different kinds of foods that you can get your daily Vitamin D without dairy.

Breakfast foods – Some breakfast foods have added calcium and vitamin D. Check juices, breads, and cereal for added supplements.

Green vegetables – Greens such as kale, broccoli, and collard greens can contain the serving you need of calcium for a balanced diet. What’s great is you can add these veggies to a variety of dishes!

Fish – Many types of fish are loaded in vitamin D and calcium. Look for fish such as salmon, sardines, and rainbow trout.

Certain Dairy Products – While lactose intolerant people clearly stay away from dairy, moderation of certain products may help your calcium and vitamin D intake. For instance, hard cheeses have very small amounts of lactose than soft cheeses. Cottage cheese is also a low lactose option with high calcium. Additionally, live, active cultured yogurt is another low lactose option. Either way, be sure to consult your doctor before trying these options.

There are many lactose free, calcium/vitamin D rich foods out there. Be sure to read labels and talk to your doctor if you aren’t sure. Also, be sure to see your dentist regularly to maintain your oral health. Park Slope Dental in Brooklyn is committed to keeping your teeth healthy. Talk to one of our professionals if you have concerns. The Park Slope Dental team wants to help you with your general and cosmetic dentistry needs!