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Why Improve Calcium Intake For Healthy Teeth

Posted on 2/20/2020 by Sundberg Office
Why Improve Calcium Intake For Healthy TeethYour health is as good as what you eat and ensuring that you get the recommended daily intake of calcium can have a great impact on your dental health. Ideally, men need to meet their daily intake of 1000-1200 milligrams of calcium per day while women have to meet 1200 milligrams per day, though the requirements are lower for teens.

The good thing with calcium is that it can be found in common foods. Some rich sources of calcium include dairy products, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, and even kale. The question is, why should you care this much about calcium and its effects on your dental health?

How Bacteria Affect The Integrity Of Teeth

Your mouth has naturally occurring bacteria. While some of the bacteria are actually helpful, others mean nothing but harm to it. As you ingest food, the bacteria feed on the small particles of food typically left in your mouth. In turn, they release acids onto your enamel. Other than weakening your teeth, this acid can lead to the formation of cavities, which can eventually expose the interior of your teeth. If left untreated, you can develop tooth sensitivity, tooth decay, and gum disease.

Calcium Strengthens Your Teeth

Calcium simply helps fight the effects of the bacteria in your mouth. It fortifies your teeth against the effects of these acids. In a nutshell, calcium is a remineralization agent for your teeth's enamel, and it has a significant role in the repair of damaged enamel. The more of it you consume, the more resilient your dentition will be against bacteria. It also helps to keep your teeth strong enough to fight this erosion in the first place.

A healthy diet is synonymous with a remarkable smile, as long as you observe the best dental hygiene practices. When choosing your diet, be sure to pick foods that are rich in calcium to keep your teeth strong. If you are having trouble picking ideal foods for this, feel free to consult us for the best foods to use regardless of your current diet.
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