Calcium, as you likely know, is an important part of keeping children's growing teeth strong and healthy. However, protein, which we'll discuss today, is one of many other dietary elements that are also important to children's good oral health.
Consuming a varried, nutritionally dense diet is an important part of keeping the body and mind healthy. Protein helps build strong muscles, of course, but it also plays an important 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 phosphorous, a mineral that is vital when it comes to improving the strength of teeth and of the jaw. Combine phosphorous with calcium and vitamin D, and healthy teeth and bones are the result!
Sources of Protein
Animal proteins like dairy, meat, eggs and fish are some of the most obvious protein sources. 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 good plant-based protein sources include nuts, seeds, tofu, lentils and beans.