Calcium is important for our entire body. It helps build bones and then keeps those bones strong and healthy. It also helps blood clot and is important for muscle movement. Calcium is vital to ensure every cell in the body functions optimally. It’s even great for teeth and is instrumental in keeping the enamel strong. The National Institute of Health says that 99% of the body’s calcium is actually stored in the teeth and bones.
Not getting enough calcium increase your risk for osteoporosis and gum disease. Osteoporosis can have a damaging effect on teeth as the jaw bone can become damaged and teeth may loosen or fall out. It can also make dentures problematic as the jaw bone deteriorates. Those suffering from osteoporosis, particularly women, are actually three times more likely to lose teeth. When it comes to gum disease, or periodontal disease, those who consumed less than 500mg of calcium daily were twice as likely to develop gum disease.
The National Academy of Sciences says that everyone needs a different amount of calcium. Requirements are based on things like age and gender. For instance, children and teens from ages 9 to 18 need the most calcium per day followed by women aged 51 and older.
Good news for cheese lovers, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry believes certain cheese varieties can actually help the teeth repair enamel and even help protect them from cavities. The calcium found in some cheese, especially Cheddar, Swiss, Mozzarella and Monterey Jack, helps promote healthy pH balance in the mouth and battles the acidity that can cause tooth decay, cavities and damage to the enamel. Eating cheese also promotes saliva. Saliva is the mouth’s natural way of rinsing out food residue and bacteria. In honor of the good news that cheese does more than just taste delicious, here are five fun facts about cheese:
There are many ways to ensure you’re getting the calcium you need to keep your body, bones, and teeth in tip top shape if you don’t care for cheese. Milk, kale, sardines, yogurt and broccoli are just a few foods high in calcium. To schedule an appointment and make sure your teeth are as strong and healthy as they can be, call our office at 509-368-7788.
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3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
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