As we age, most of us still want to keep our pearly whites. Luckily, this is not as difficult as we might think. Of course, good dental hygiene, which includes brushing and flossing as well as supplementing with calcium and vitamin D, can be a powerful combination when it comes to maintaining strong healthy teeth.

Supplementing with Calcium and Vitamin D

Research has proven that calcium and vitamin D improve bone health in different parts of the body, even the teeth. The San Pablo dental team understands how powerful this news is. In addition to brushing and flossing, taking supplements also have the ability to strengthen the teeth from the inside out. Brushing and flossing reduce plaque and bacteria which helps to create a healthy environment for the teeth and gums. These preventative steps can help combat new findings which show that older adults are now experiencing just as many cavities as teenagers. Fortunately, there are other things you can do as well. Calcium citrate is an easier form of calcium to absorb, which means that your teeth receive the health benefits of this vitamin much quicker. However, you should also take an additional measure by looking for the USP (United States Pharmacopeia) symbol which ensures that the supplement will dissolve the way it’s supposed to.

More Helpful Tips

Drs. Edwin Kim and Jacqueline Lee of San Pablo Dental Care understand the benefits that good oral hygiene can have when it comes to older adults.  However, the quality of the supplements you take is just as important as the supplements themselves. Look for combination products like good tasting chews that contain calcium and vitamin D. However, you should avoid foods that are known to contain arsenic and lead like bone meal and dolomite.

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