Calcium, Vitamin D, and Magnesium are essential for the maintenance of teeth and bone

Published on May 24, 2012 by

Calcium and vitamin D are essential for the development and maintenance of teeth and alveolar bone. Calcium is essential to the normal development and maintenance of teeth and their supporting bone. Low dietary calcium intake has been associated with increased risk for periodontitis, including; gingival inflammation, pocket formation, and alveolar bone resorption. Vitamin D, in its proper form also promotes intestinal absorption of calcium. Magnesium is essential for calcium mobilization from bone and assists in normal bone maintenance, formation and regeneration. Magnesium is present in both tooth enamel and dentin, being twice as concentrated in dentin when compared to enamel. Magnesium deficiency can adversely affect the periodontium by reducing the rate of alveolar bone formation, and causing a widening of the periodontal ligament.
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