Calcium and Your Teeth
Calcium is a mineral often held in close association to bones. However, tooth and dental health are also closely related to calcium. Teeth are bones that are denser than the bones of your skeleton. Calcium is very important when your teeth are developing, as well as throughout your life. Your teeth continue to grow, then age, so they need calcium.
Many people take calcium to avoid osteoporosis, but tooth loss is also a big problem as age advances. Cavities, periodontal disease, or dental trauma can cause tooth loss in adults and children. The chances of these incidents increase as people get older because the absorption of calcium and vitamin D declines. Osteoporosis also affects jaw bones and may potentially lead to tooth loss. A decline in bone mineralization and density may also be linked to periodontal disease, which also causes tooth loss. Some studies have suggested that people with higher calcium levels had less periodontal disease. Increasing calcium intake through supplements has also shown to reduce the risk of periodontal disease. Whether calcium supplements can actually be beneficial in preventing tooth loss or not in still not confirmed and will require more research.
Calcium is very important during a child’s developing years as well. Infants and youths need calcium for their teeth to grow in healthy and strong. One-third of the matter in bones and teeth is comprised of calcium. Deficiency in calcium can affect how well teeth develop. Teeth can still be growing and developing into a person’s early twenties.
Even after teeth are fully grown in, calcium is important because it may also help protect them against decay. Bones are technically tissue that is alive and need to be well taken care of. After teeth are developed, the body no longer deposits calcium in them, but the body can take calcium out of the teeth and bones if there is a deficiency. Because calcium is also needed for muscles, vessels, and nerves to function properly, many people do not get enough calcium in their diet and the body must take it from its existing stores in the bones and teeth. If calcium is leeched from the teeth, they are more likely to develop cavities.
In order to maintain good dental health, be sure to intake enough calcium, whether in the form of food or a supplement. Calcium is essential for a strong jaw and teeth and can help prevent tooth decay. When you keep up on your calcium intake, you are not only benefiting for your skeleton, you’re also helping to maintain a healthy smile.