Calcium is essential in everyone’s diet, and not just for strong teeth. Calcium helps to grow strong bones and avoid osteoporosis. It even helps to repair and strengthen your muscles. Dairy foods are an easy source of calcium, with milk, cream, cheese and yoghurt easily added to most daily diets.
Children particularly need calcium to grown strong bones and teeth. The early childhood years are formative for the child’s growth and development, and that includes having strong jawbones which are important for developing healthy teeth.
Calcium is present in breast milk and formula, but it’s important that it continues to be a part of their diet once they’re eating solid foods.
Why do infants need calcium?
Your baby is developing their first teeth well before teething begins and the first little tooth finally pops through. Caring for their baby teeth is just as important as caring for their permanent teeth. Oral healthcare begins at birth and a toothbrush can be introduced from two years of age – by the time they’re off to school, children should be able to clean and floss their teeth, with supervision.
Your child should have a regular dental check with your DB Dental practitioner, starting from two years of age. They will learn that visiting the dentist is normal, and any issues can be dealt with early.
Do adults need calcium?
Everybody needs calcium to stay healthy and keep bones and teeth strong. If you begin developing osteoporosis, which is not just something the elderly need to be concerned about, you lose bone density. Not only are you at risk of falls and bone fractures but your jaw is also at risk. If you then develop periodontal disease, you can lose teeth.
Women of all ages should pay particular attention to calcium in their diet – if you’re young and not menstruating due to low body weight you could be low in calcium. And if you’re through menopause you can also be low in calcium. Very slim young men and men past middle age can also be at risk of osteoporosis through a lack of calcium.
Having regular checkups with your DB Dental practitioner is important for maintaining your oral health. If you’re developing gum disease it needs treatment before it begins affecting your jawbone. Good oral health is important for good general health.
How can you get calcium if you’re lactose-intolerant?
Calcium can also be found in brown rice, oranges, beans, peas, broccoli, cabbage, sardines, salmon, almonds, tahini paste and milk-substitutes which are fortified with calcium, such as soy, oat, almond and rice milks.
Your doctor may also prescribe calcium tablets if needed.
Make a booking with your DB Dental practitioner now if you are in need of a checkup or have any symptoms you’re concerned about.