The Importance Of Calcium In Teeth
Tooth enamel is the hardest and most highly mineralised substance in the body. It is 96% mineral and 4% water and protein.
The 96% mineral is made up mostly of calcium and phosphates.
Milk teeth start forming around the time that the to-be mother has just realised that she’s pregnant i.e. around 4-6 weeks into the pregnancy. And, by the time the baby is 16 weeks old, all the milk teeth have some calcium and phosphates deposited into them.
Therefore, the mother’s vitamin D levels and calcium intake have to be optimum to begin with.
At the same time that all the milk teeth have started mineralising (4 months), the permanent teeth have started forming too. These permanent teeth start mineralising at birth.
So why is it important for us to think about the teeth at these early stages?
Teeth, once formed, hardly change. So if they are not formed well, a child as small as 1 or 1.5 years develops decay(cavities) in his/her teeth.
Skin heals in 7 days and bones in 2-3 months. However, once teeth are damaged, they don’t really heal and can only be repaired by surgical procedures. Therefore, where teeth are concerned prevention is the best cure.
Here is how much calcium our bodies require.
Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA)*:
|Life stage group||Calcium Recommended Daily Allowances (mg/day)|
|Infants 0 to 6 months||200|
|Infants 6 to 12 months||260|
|19-50 years pregnant/lactating||1000|
*Though this is accepted standard, the actual requirements may be much lower.
This article is specifically for women who are planning a pregnancy. Along with folic acid, make sure that your diet is balanced and complete in all minerals. Grand parents-to-be and Papas-to-be do make sure that lucky Mumma-to-be incorporates these tips into her lifestyle.
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