Strong teeth and bones are important for overall health in the young and the old. One important factor in keeping bones and teeth strong and healthy is calcium. Calcium is a mineral and is one of the most abundant in the body. It can also be found in certain foods and is added to others. Calcium is also added to vitamins and other dietary supplements as it is such an important mineral that the body needs. What’s worrisome is a lot of us still aren’t getting enough calcium and vitamin D. So what can we do to make sure we’re are building strong and healthy bones?
Supplements can help, but eating calcium rich foods is certainly a better option. Yogurt and cheese are good sources of calcium, as are some vegetables. Drinking a large glass of delicious Indian River Select® Brand orange juice with calcium and Vitamin D helps too! Fortify your diet with the things it needs. Even kids who will eventually lose their baby teeth need to practice proper calcium intake and not just for their bones, but to get in the habit of helping keep those teeth strong and healthy. A lot of kids aren’t fans of milk drinking. Perhaps drinking milk is not considered ‘cool’, maybe they just don’t like the taste, and for us adults maybe the fear of weight gain. Which is why it’s important to find healthy alternatives.
This is a great article on Dental One Associates with lots of details about the importance of a calcium rich diet to help build those strong bones and keep your teeth healthy. Here is their recommended calcium intake based on age:
Recommended Calcium Intakes Based on Age*
- Babies 0-12 Months – 200mg-260mg
- Children 1-3 Years – 700mg
- Children 4-8 Years – 1,000mg
- Children & Teens 9-18 Years – 1,300mg
- Adults 19-71 Years – 1,000mg
- Adults 71+ Years – 1,200mg