The doctors and staff here at OP Smiles – your leading Boone & Wilkesboro, NC orthodontic & pediatric dental practice, would like to educate the community on the importance of calcium for our young patients.
In order to grasp how important calcium is for dental health, it’s necessary to understand tooth structure. The inner pulp of the tooth is fed by blood vessels and connects to a nerve bed in the gums. Around the pulp is dentin, a calcified tissue that is less brittle than the tooth’s outer layer of enamel. The enamel layer of the tooth is the white part, of which 96% is made up of minerals including calcium phosphate.
Calcium contributes to bone growth and strength and it forms an important part of the solid enamel that surrounds each tooth’s inner pulp. Calcium is a mineral that’s found in many foods including dairy products, kale, fish and grains. For calcium to be effective in bone and tooth growth and development, it’s important that your child gets enough Vitamin D as this vitamin helps the body absorb calcium from food. If your child is lacking in calcium and Vitamin D, his or her teeth can soften over time, making them more susceptible to decay and periodontal disease.
How Much Calcium Does your Child Need?
A one-cup or 8 ounce serving of milk equals 300 milligrams of calcium.
Preschool aged children require 500 to 800 mg of calcium daily.
School-aged children require about 800 mg of calcium daily. Once they begin puberty, their calcium requirements increase to about 1200 mg per day.
Adolescents require 1200 to 1500 mg of calcium daily. This is because their growing bones need more calcium than adult bones.
The most common sources of calcium are daily products such as milk, yogurt and cheese. Other sources include calcium-fortified soy products and juices, canned salmon with bones and sardines and dark leafy vegetables. Calcium is usually shown on food packaging as a percentage. This is on the general basis of 1000 mg recommended daily intake. To figure how much calcium is in a food, simply add a zero to the end to get the number of milligrams of calcium the food product contains. For example, if the label states that the food item contains 12% calcium, it has 120 milligrams (mg) of calcium in it. If it states it contains 35% calcium, it contains 350 mg.
Adding Calcium to Your Child’s Diet
The good news is that you’ll probably only need to add calcium to your child’s diet if your child is on a vegan or dairy-restricted diet. For kids who do not like or whom cannot tolerate milk products, dark leafy vegetables and/or soy-based products can be introduced to add the extra calcium boost growing teeth need.
Fun treats kids love like ice cream, frozen yogurt, cheese cubes, pudding and custards are good sources of calcium for children who don’t like milk. These food items can be healthy in nature when given in appropriate amounts.
Why Choose Us as Your Pediatric Dentist?
We understand that choosing the right dentist for your child is a big decision to make. We focus on offering each child the personalized and compassionate care they deserve so you can be confident in choosing us for all of your child’s dental care needs. We aim to establish a long-term, positive relationship with our young patients so that they are excited about their dental care for years to come.
Our office is conveniently located in Boone and Wilkesboro, North Carolina. We provide outstanding care and treatment to patients living in Boone, Wilkesboro, West Jefferson, Lenoir, NC and Johnson City, TN.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for your child, please fill out and submit the ‘Appointments’ form that is on our website. One of our team members will then contact you to set up an appointment time.
At OP Smiles, your leading Boone & Wilkesboro orthodontic & pediatric dental practice, we provide patients of all ages with outstanding orthodontic treatment and care. A great many of our orthodontic patients today are adults. This is because an increasing number of adults are realizing that braces are not just for kids anymore. Recently, superstar Faith Hill smiled for the cameras at the Grammy Awards, showing off her new braces. When asked why she was wearing braces, the 45 year old responded honestly saying that she had braces when she was young, but she didn’t wear her retainer as directed.
Many Reasons Adults are Wearing Braces
Braces have evolved considerably over the past several years. Today, there are many more options available other than just traditional metal braces as now patients can enjoy more comfortable, lightweight and cosmetically-appealing braces. A main reason so many adults are choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment is because they want a great smile and know that straight teeth can make a real difference in both their personal and professional lives. And, with more and more adults wearing braces, many people either know an adult who is wearing braces or they’ve witnessed their kids go through orthodontic treatment and want the same great results for themselves.
There are also health reasons for getting braces. When your teeth are aligned it is easier to brush and floss, reducing chances of developing cavities and periodontal disease. Additionally, when your teeth are straight and in proper alignment you can chew food properly which leads to good digestion. These are just a few of the reasons adults today are choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment.
Once we provide you with a thorough examination and we’ve determined that you could benefit from orthodontic treatment, our Boone and Wilkesboro orthodontists will take the time to help you decide on the type of treatment that best fits your lifestyle. We are proud to say that Dr. Michael Mayhew and Dr. Nicole Scheffler are Advanced Damon Providers, so you can rest assured that you will receive outstanding treatment from the best orthodontists in the area! In addition to Damon braces, we also use Damon Clear braces and the Invisalign System.
If you’re interested in finding out if you are a candidate for braces, please contact us at our Boone, NC office today. One of our friendly team members will help you set up an appointment time. We are excited to meet you and look forward to helping you improve your smile!