Keeping Bones and Teeth Strong as We Age

Keeping Bones and Teeth Strong as We Age

You’ve built strong bones as a kid — read on to learn how you can keep them strong.



Although we were constantly reminded to drink milk to build strong bones and teeth during our childhood, we often overlook the importance of maintaining their strength in adulthood.

On top of it being part of a regular health regimen, keeping our bones and teeth healthy is a great way to prevent injury and illness as we age.

Women are especially vulnerable: A decrease in oestrogen after menopause can cause a loss of as much as 20 per cent of the calcium in bones. Good nutrition, regular exercise and proper oral hygiene are the keys to keep your bones and teeth healthy for years to come.

Check-ups and Posture
Don't slack off on twice-yearly visits to the dentist or on daily flossing! Get bone mineral-density and bone-mass testing done as advised by your physician

Correct your posture every time you stand up, and make sure to have your vitamin D levels checked — and rechecked — until they are within normal limits. If your doctor clears you for weight-bearing exercise, give it a shot!

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Calcium and Casein
We all know we need calcium for strong bones, but the amount we need might be a question you’ve asked yourself at one point or another. Women over age 50 need 1,200 milligrams of calcium a day from a combination of food and supplements.

Check the nutritional facts label on the foods you eat regularly to see how much calcium you're getting from them, even the milk or cream you put into your coffee.

Every 10 per cent of the daily value is equal to and 110 mg of calcium in Canada (100 milligrams of calcium in the United States). Additionally, the casein in milk products can fortify tooth surfaces against acids.

Fruits and Vegetables
Eating at least five servings a day provides essential vitamins and minerals needed by bones, including magnesium, potassium, and Vitamins C and K. Chewing fibrous raw fruits and vegetables also stimulates saliva production, which protects tooth enamel from bacteria.

Chewing Gum
Sugarless gum containing xylitol can slow the action of cavity-causing bacteria.

Fluids and Fluoride
A dry mouth increases the risk for oral diseases when the antimicrobial substances found in saliva are in short supply. Drinking fluoridated water serves double duty by keeping you hydrated and providing a source of fluoride — which is needed to protect the teeth against decay throughout life.

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