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Mar
29

Calcium and your Teeth

Posted in Dental Implants

If you are middle-aged or older, or have a family member who has osteoporosis, you probably are concerned about your calcium intake. You may also be confused by the latest calcium supplement recommendations.  Did you also know that calcium plays a role on helping maintain healthy teeth?  This article will discuss the importance of calcium and how to help decipher the current recommendations.

We all need calcium each and every day, and it is an important part of our diet.  This becomes especially true as we age to help prevent bone loss and osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis is a thinning of the bone, making it more brittle and susceptible to fractures and breaks.  This thinning can occur in any bone, and your jaw is also at risk when you have osteoporosis.

Development of osteoporosis in the jaw bone can result in tooth loss.  As the jaw bone is destroyed from osteoporosis, teeth no longer fit correctly and may become loose and fall out.   Missing teeth can be replaced with dentures, but dental implants would be a better choice.  However, bone grafting will likely be necessary due to bone loss attributable to osteoporosis.

Calcium along with other vitamins and minerals helps maintain bone health.  However, a recent study showed that individuals who consumed calcium only from supplements are more likely to have heart problems.  It is best to consumer calcium in your foods, as part of your daily diet.  Foods that are high in calcium include cheese, milk, yogurt and other dairy products, as well as green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale and broccoli.

If you are at risk for osteoporosis, or have been told you have osteoporosis, be sure to share this with your dentist.  Working together with your physician and dentist can not only maintain strong and healthy bones, but also strong and healthy teeth for your entire lifetime!

Posted on behalf of North Point Periodontics

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