Are your teeth getting enough calcium?
The calcium deficiency disease known as “hypocalcemia” can pose a threat to bone health by leading to the bone-thinning disease known as “osteoporosis.” While this is certainly a concern – particularly for older women – hypocalcemia can also pose a risk to the teeth.
A body that lacks calcium draws this important mineral from the teeth, potentially causing dental problems such as weak roots, irritated gums, brittle teeth, and tooth decay, as well as delayed tooth formation in infants. It is therefore important to spot calcium deficiency and treat it early on.
Because hypocalcemia may not present early symptoms, a dental exam can play a critical role in diagnosing the problem and averting its consequences. If you’re curious about your overall bone health, we invite you to call your dentist in Batavia today to schedule a thorough oral examination.
Curious about how to boost your bone (and teeth and gums) health naturally?
Here’s a selection of healthy, vitamin- and mineral-rich foods and beverages that can positively impact the health of your smile. How many can you check off as regulars?
- Cheese is high in calcium, which is important for maintaining bone density. It’s also low in sugar, contains a protein called casein that’s especially helpful in strengthening tooth enamel, and is known to increase saliva production and help clear away mouth bacteria.
- Studies have found that plant foods rich in anthocyanins, including cranberries, raspberries, red cabbage, eggplant peel, and black rice, prevent the growth of bacteria on teeth.
- Leafy greens, including kale, spinach, and lettuce, are touted for their impressive calcium content, and include a host of vitamins and minerals that boost the health of teeth and gums.
- Green tea contains micronutrients that minimize mouth bacteria. Tea, in general, is also known to contain fluoride, which is renowned for its ability to strengthen teeth.
- Broccoli is a natural teeth cleaner that also contains large quantities of vitamins C and K, both of which are important for bone health.
- Sweet potatoes are full of vitamin A, which is vital for maintaining the soft tissue of gums, and a protein called keratin, which promotes tooth enamel formation.
- Fatty fish, such as salmon, brim with phosphorus, a mineral that protects tooth enamel.
- Ginger, garlic, ginseng and echinacea have been shown to help inhibit the growth of periodontal disease-causing pathogens.
Whether you suspect you may be experiencing hypocalcemia or are interested in prevention strategies, we invite you to contact us at Batavia Family Dental today.
Yours in dental health,
Dr. Steve Sokolovskiy, dentist in Batavia
P.S. Aside from dental problems, symptoms of hypocalcemia include fatigue; muscle aches/cramps/spasms; dry, itchy skin; brittle nails; and painful premenstrual syndrome.