Decalcification is defined as the diminishing of calcium from bones and teeth. This is caused by a build-up of plaque on the exterior of the tooth or the enamel. This will eventually lead to cavities and decay. This type of breakdown of the tooth can be serious enough to warrant extraction if left untreated.
Decalcification is often seen in adults or children who have had metal braces at one time and then had them removed. The area where the brackets laid against the tooth often have marks that look like a frame of the bracket once they are removed. Over time, the dentistry profession continued to find new ways to replace metal brackets and metal braces with plastic and other types of materials that do not promote this type of damage. If this problem isn’t addressed, the result promises to be cavities in the areas where the metal braces were placed.
Decalcification can also be the result of poor or non-existent oral hygiene. Plaque can form on the teeth right at the gum line. The enamel nearest the gum line then experiences calcium loss and eventually becomes decayed and then stricken with cavities.
The loss of calcium presents itself as white spots that are chalky looking on the outside of the tooth or the enamel. While the damage is irreversible, it can be stopped from getting any worse by practicing proper oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing regularly as recommended by the dentist. It is also possible to strengthen the areas where the decalcification is first noticed. In this respect, it may be possible to partially reverse the effects with continued oral health exams and hygiene maintenance.
Adding calcium to a well-balanced diet is another way to ensure that this doesn’t happen. Some foods that are high in calcium include: Milk, fish, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, spinach, soybeans, beans, almonds, flax seeds and dried herbs to name a few.
Maintaining a healthy diet is a way to fight decalcification both in the teeth and the bones as well. Bones that lack calcium are at risk for Osteoporosis. This is a disease that makes bones more brittle and leads to a greater risk of breakage and fracture.
There are other ways to get the calcium that is necessary for bones and teeth to supplement a healthy diet as well. Supplements that include calcium citrate or calcium carbonate are helpful in providing the extra minerals that a body needs to have healthy teeth and bones.
Calcium Citrate is found in over-the-counter anti-acids. Calcium in either form is also found in tablets in the homeopathic section of most retailers. Some juice manufacturers also add it to their products.
Women who are going through Menopause or anyone who is Anorexic are at risk for having a calcium deficiency. Anyone who is lactose intolerant or most vegetarians are at risk as well. This type of deficiency can also have severe consequences for cardiovascular health. It is important to maintain a healthy calcium level for overall good health and well-being.
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