Calcium plays a role in making the jaw bones healthy and strong to hold the teeth in place. However, calcium needs phosphorus to maximise its bone strengthening benefits. Children’s teeth need adequate calcium and phosphorus to form a hard structure during growth.
Vitamin D regulates the body’s balance of calcium and phosphorus and can promote absorption. Vitamin D can also help to decrease inflammation of gums which is associated with periodontal (gum) disease*.
A healthy diet is essential for healthy teeth. The table below shows just some of the foods that contain calcium, vitamin D and phosphorus.
|Calcium||Dairy foods such as cheese and yoghurt, brown rice, oranges, cabbage, beans, broccoli, salmon, peas.|
|Vitamin D||Natural sunlight, dairy products, eggs, some cereals, oily fish (tuna, sardines etc).|
|Phosphorus||Cereals, wheat germ, soybeans, almonds and other nuts, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, grapes, citrus fruit, cucumbers, tomatoes.
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