While the mineral is well-known for keeping bones strong, calcium is equally important to keeping your teeth healthy enough to function properly. The jawbone that supports your teeth must remain strong to sustain the roots embedded within it, but calcium is also directly beneficial to the enamel that protects your teeth. In fact, tooth enamel is comprised largely of calcium, and it remains strong through a steady supply of minerals provided by your teeth. Southlake general dentist, Dr. Gregory Wright, recommends consuming enough calcium in your daily diet to adequately supply your teeth, as well as your bones, since your body doesn’t produce the mineral naturally.
Minerals and Your Teeth
Tooth enamel is the most resilient substance that your body produces, and is formed by proteins that stretch calcium and phosphate into super-long and super-strong mineral strands. The layer of minerals acts as a barrier that protects your tooth’s main structure, dentin, from infectious bacteria that cause tooth decay and cavities. Unfortunately, every time you eat and drink, the bacteria in your mouth convert sugar into acid that attacks your tooth enamel and depletes the minerals in your teeth. A healthy, well-balanced diet can keep your teeth steadily supplied with enough minerals to recover from acid attacks and remain effective.
Healthy Sources of Calcium and Phosphate
The best way to protect your tooth enamel from erosion is to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, every day, and attend regular dental checkups and cleanings. As oral bacteria gather, they form dental plaque to cling to your teeth, and controlling bacterial plaque limits the amount of acid that they can produce. Aside from good hygiene, you can feed your enamel by ensuring your diet contains enough calcium to replenish the minerals it loses during acid erosion. Dairy products like milk and cheese are excellent sources of calcium, as well as green leafy vegetables and meats, such as beef, chicken, and turkey. Tasty snacks that are rich in calcium include;
- Cheese and crackers
- Steamed broccoli
- Grilled cheese sandwich
- Sugar-free yogurt
- Chicken or turkey lunch meat sandwiches
About Your General Dentist:
As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He is happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wright, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.