Do you remember telling your children, or hearing someone tell you when you were younger:
“Finish your milk. It will help you grow big and strong!”
Life certainly gets busy as you get older but it’s important to keep looking after yourself.
This week is HEALTHY BONES ACTION WEEK. This is an initiative of Dairy Australia to encourage individuals to look after and maintain their healthy bones. This week we want to help Dairy Australia spread the message for all of us to:
- Have plenty of calcium
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a sufficient level of vitamin D
Calcium in Teeth
The Calcium in teeth is found as hydroxyapatite, which is a combination of both Calcium and Phosphate. Calcium and Phosphate combine together to form strong tooth structures. Vitamin D helps balance how the body absorbs this.
Calcium deficiency symptoms in regards to your mouth may include:
- Numbness around the mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Tooth decay
Why is Calcium important ?
Calcium is vital to give your bones strength through combining with other minerals, such as phosphate to form a hard crystals. The bones in your body act as a calcium bank, meaning if you do not get enough calcium from daily diet your body will take the calcium it needs from your ‘bone bank.’ If you use more calcium from your ‘bone bank’ than you deposit into your body, you could be at risk of getting Hypocalcemia (calcium deficiency). This is a medical condition where calcium in the blood serum is too low. If calcium levels are too low, you could be at a higher risk of developing Osteoporosis or Osteopenia.
Top Tips from Dr Finkelstein
- Try to include plenty of calcium in your diet.
- Get out in the sun and enjoy some vitamin D.
- Exercise regularly.
And Dr F’s favourite tip and not to be biased…
- Brush your teeth twice a day with toothpaste that uses fluoride and that incorporates calcium and phosphate.
- Floss your teeth to get rid of extra food debris near the gum line.
So grab some chocolate today… Remember… Dentist’s orders! But don’t forget to rinse your mouth out after.
Dr Michael Finkelstein is dedicated to the well-being of his patients. He provides informed, gentle and caring dental services to all his patients. Contact either the Sydney CBD or Chatswood dental suites to book an appointment for your next check-up and or discuss your dental anxiety needs.
- Sydney CBD Clinic: (02) 9262 7778
- Chatswood Clinic: (02) 9411 8808
The purpose of this post is to highlight Healthy Bones Action Week as provided by Diary Australia and Colgate. For further information on calcium or calcium deficiency disorder, please contact your doctor.