Calcium Supports Bone and Teeth Health
Even though the saying “Milk, it does a body good” has brought awareness to the importance of dairy, many people still don’t know how milk and cheese contribute to health, including dental health.
The secret lies in a mineral that is abundantly present in dairy, but also makes an appearance in other foods, like leafy greens and sardines. Yes, that mineral is none other than calcium!
As we age, we need to make sure we’re consuming foods with enough calcium – not only for our bone health, but to help our muscles, blood vessels and nerves work well. If you don’t get enough calcium, you’re at risk for osteoporosis, a condition that can lead to broken bones.
Calcium intake also helps reduce your risk for periodontal or gum disease. Studies show that women who consumed less than 500 mg of calcium a day were 54% more likely to have gum disease, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
The average daily recommended amount of calcium depends on your age or gender. But for older adults (ages 51 and older) the recommended calcium intake is 1,200 mg a day. So drink your milk because it really does to a body (and mouth) good!