Healthy Teeth Need Calcium and Vitamin D
Calcium is essential for the formation and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones.
An adequate amount of calcium in our bodies helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease by keeping the teeth and jaw strong. A calcium deficiency leads to an increased risk of periodontal (gum) disease and bleeding gums are a warning sign.
Vitamin D is a nutrient that helps our bodies absorb the calcium from the foods we eat. When Vitamin D levels are low, calcium is unable to enter and strengthen the teeth.
When calcium levels in the body get low, the body begins to extract it from the teeth and bones. The bones that anchor the teeth become less dense resulting in redness, bleeding and inflammation which leads to tooth decay if left untreated.
Since our bodies don’t make calcium, it’s important to have a diet that includes calcium rich foods.
Sources of calcium:
- Enriched breads
- Leafy green
- Red peppers
Note: Foods such as meats, legumes, wheat germ, rhubarb, beet greens, spinach & legumes prevent calcium from being absorbed by your body.
Sources of vitamin D:
- Natural sunlight
- Dairy products
- Some cereals
Studies of calcium intake and gum disease show that those with the healthiest teeth consumed more than 800 mg of calcium a day. Those who consumed less than 500 mg a day were 54% more likely to develop gum disease.
Adequate nutrition plays a key role in maintaining oral health and is essential for healthy teeth.