You probably know that calcium is good for your bones, but did you know it’s also good for your teeth? Since your body can’t create calcium, it’s vital that you include it in your diet, whether through taking vitamin supplements or eating foods that contain it. Here are some of the important things calcium does for your body:
- As you absorb it, calcium strengthens your bones and teeth
- Vital for muscle contraction and cell division
- Helps transmit nerve impulses in your body
- Lessens muscle cramps and menstrual cramps
- Prevents tooth decay
- Strengthens your jaw bone
If you don’t have the calcium your body needs it can lead to tooth loss, jaw bone loss and osteoporosis. It’s important for children to get calcium while they are young because calcium only deposits into their bones and teeth while they are growing. Once they stop developing, the calcium deposits stop too.
You can take calcium supplements, but you can also find calcium in a variety of foods, such as:
- Dairy products
- Soy milk
- Leafy green vegetables, like spinach and kale
- Sesame seeds
If you would like to learn more about how to best take care of your oral health, we are here to help. Contact the Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today and set-up your appointment.