Strong teeth and bones are important for overall health.
One important factor in keeping your teeth strong and healthy is calcium.
Calcium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body. It can be found in certain foods and is also added to vitamins and other dietary supplements as it is such an important mineral that the body needs.
Almost all of the calcium found in the human body is stored in the bones and teeth. In addition to strengthening teeth and bones, calcium is also important for the body’s blood vessels, muscles, and fluids.
Calcium works to help blood vessels and muscles function properly.
Having enough calcium is important for people of all ages contrary to some beliefs.
Babies and young children need calcium to develop strong teeth and bones while adults need calcium to maintain healthy teeth and a strong skeleton
Effects of Being Deficient in Calcium
Being deficient in calcium can lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis, which causes the bones to weaken, making them break more easily.
Osteoporosis does not just affect bones; it can also affect teeth as it can cause the jaw bone to become weak, a problem that may require bone grafting to solve.
The jaw bone is an anchor for your teeth so if it becomes damaged, it is more likely that teeth will loosen and possibly fall out. Women, in particular, are three times more likely to lose their teeth if they have osteoporosis than those with healthy bones.
Along with osteoporosis, not getting enough calcium can increase your risk of periodontal disease.
Studies have shown that people who do not have enough calcium in their diet are more than fifty percent more likely to develop gum disease than people who have enough calcium in their diet.
Recommended Calcium Intake Across All Ages
Not everyone needs the same amount of calcium. The National Academy of Sciences recommends different dietary intakes based on gender and age.
For instance, children and pregnant women need more calcium than adults.
- Babies 0-12 Months – 200mg-260mg
- Children 1-3 Years – 700mg
- Children 4-8 Years – 1,000mg
- Children & Teens 9-18 Years – 1,300mg
- Adults 19-71 Years – 1,000mg
- Adults 71+ Years – 1,200mg
If it is determined that you need more calcium in your diet, there are certain foods you can consume that are rich in calcium.
Dairy products such as
Other sources include:
- Green, leafy vegetables
- Cereals that have been fortified with calcium.
- A daily multivitamin is also a good idea as most of them contain calcium.
How To Keep Teeth Healthy
In addition to eating foods that contain calcium, sugary snacks and drinks should be avoided as the sugar can eat away at the enamel on the teeth, potentially causing decay.
It is also important to brush and floss regularly and schedule regular visits to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned and deal with any issues that may arise before they get worse. Schedule a routine
cleaning on the Bedford Dental website.