Having strong stable teeth and bones is essential for one’s health. Having enough calcium is important for people at any age. Calcium plays a pivotal role in developing and maintaining dental bone structure including tooth structure. Calcium strengthens bones and teeth and also is required for blood vessels and muscles to function properly.
A study* in the US from Boston University Dental School, found that calcium and vitamin D have very important roles to play with the heath of bones and teeth. The research shows that calcium and vitamin B decreased bone loss and furthermore, supplementation can also positively impact tooth retention.
Calcium a mineral is most abundant in the body and can mostly be found in foods that are made from dairy. Most of the calcium found in the human body is stored in ones bones and teeth.
How much Calcium do we need to consume?
Dietary Guidelines in Australia are to assist the general public on how many portions or serves of certain food types you should be consuming per day based on your age and gender. Specifically looking at calcium that is present in foods and drinks categorised in milk, yoghurt, cheese & alternatives a peak body in Australia: Nutrition Australia* have published the following notes:
Women between the ages of 19 to 50 years need to consume 2.5 serves of Milk, yoghurt, cheese & alternatives. Women between the ages of 51 to 70 years need to consume 4 serves of Milk, yoghurt, cheese & alternatives.
Men between the ages of 19 to 50 years need to consume 2.5 serves of Milk, yoghurt, cheese & alternatives. Men between the ages of 51 to 70 years need to consume 2.5 serves of Milk, yoghurt, cheese & alternatives.
Ensure you are having enough calcium in your diet to reduce the dental health risks associated with low calcium. Take care of your teeth and gums as they will have an impact on your overall health.