The Importance of Calcium

Milk was first delivered in bottles on January 11, 1878, but Dr. Young wants to remind you that milk is not just for children. In honor of National Milk Day, let’s discuss why drinking milk is so important for a strong smile for life.

Milk is an excellent source of calcium. Calcium is important to help form strong teeth and bones. Milk was first placed in bottles to make it easier to consume at such a young age. Your teeth begin developing before birth, so doctors recommend that pregnant women consume plenty of calcium to pass strong dental health along to their babies. As a child, calcium hardens the teeth to make them strong and intact so they can last a lifetime.

There are no obvious symptoms of a calcium deficiency, but over time you will develop problems if you do not have enough calcium in your diet. When you suffer from calcium deficiency, your body will have to take the minerals from your teeth and bones. Since calcium is so important in building strong teeth and bones, it makes sense that without it, your teeth can soften. When your teeth become weaker, they become more prone to tooth decay, cavities, chipping, breaking, and other dental problems. In addition, inadequate calcium consumption can lead to gum disease and osteoporosis, both associated with tooth loss.

In addition to strengthening teeth, gums, and bones, calcium is necessary for nerve impulses, regulating your heartbeat, muscle contraction, and preventing blood clots.

Men should get at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily. Women under age 50 should also get at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium, and women over 50 should up the amount to 1,200 milligrams daily. Calcium-rich foods include dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt; fish sources like sardines and salmon; and green leafy vegetables and broccoli. If you’re having trouble consuming enough calcium in your diet, ask your doctor for a calcium supplement.

Visit Dr. Young to make sure you are getting enough calcium to keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy. Contact our dentist office in Lafayette, Louisiana at (337) 237-6453 to request an appointment.