Calcium—Not Just for Your Bones

calcium element 300x249 Calcium—Not Just for Your BonesSince childhood, most of us have been taught to consume plenty of milk, orange juice, and other calcium-rich foods and beverages to help keep our bones strong. Did you know, though, that the mineral is also essential to your continued good dental health? The roots of your teeth are embedded into and supported by your jawbone. Maintaining a healthy jawbone helps improve your chances of retaining all of your natural teeth. Contrary to popular belief, your teeth are not bone, but Miami dentist Dr. Arun Garg explains how calcium helps strengthen tooth structure much like it does for your bones.

Like Food for Your Teeth

Food can be one of the most subtle, yet enjoyable, pleasantries in life, but the tasty (and sometimes not so tasty) morsels that sustain you throughout the day also serve an important purpose. Every part of your body requires a specific mix of nutrients, and your teeth are no exception. In fact, the strongest substance that your body produces, called enamel, is made almost entirely of minerals, including calcium, phosphate, and others. When your enamel is under attack from organic acids, it can strengthen itself by acquiring more calcium and other minerals. Unfortunately, your body does not produce calcium naturally; it must be consumed. Meat, milk, and cheese are good daily sources of calcium, or you can take a calcium supplement to ensure that you receive the recommended daily amount.

Professional Dental Care in Miami

While calcium is important to your dental health, it cannot be beneficial without proper dental care. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once, and visit your Miami dentist at least once every six months for a routine dental checkup and cleaning. To learn more, schedule a consultation with your Miami general dentist. Contact the Center for Complete Dentistry by calling 305-935-4991, or visit our website to schedule your appointment online. Located in the 33180 area, we proudly serve patients from Miami, Highland Lakes, North Miami Beach, and the surrounding communities.

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