Find Out Why Calcium Is So Important For You And Your Child
October 20, 2017 ABC Children's Dentistry
Making sure your child is getting plenty of calcium is a key component to healthy bones and teeth. In this issue, we’ll talk more about calcium; what it is, how it helps our bodies and where to find it.
What is calcium?
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, calcium is the most plentiful mineral in our bodies. It’s crucial in helping to build the structure and hardness of our bones and teeth. Our heart and muscles also need calcium in order to carry out their functions.
How does calcium help our teeth?
Calcium is a vital component in the formation of young teeth as well as keeping our jaw bones healthy and strong, which aids in actually holding our teeth in place.
It also protects our tooth enamel by reutilizing acids that could damage our teeth.
Where do we get calcium?
While there are calcium vitamin supplements, your best source is in your child’s diet. Great providers of calcium include:
- Dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.)
- Leafy green vegetables
- Nuts and seeds
- Fish, including sardines and canned fish (with bones)
- Soy and tofu products
How much calcium should my child get each day?
Here is what the National Institutes of Health recommend for children’s daily calcium intake.
|Age||Recommended Daily Calcium Intake|
|0-6 months||200 mg|
|7-12 months||260 mg|
|1-3 years||700 mg|
|4-8 years||1,000 mg|
|9-13 years||1,300 mg|
|14-18 years||1,300 mg|
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