How to Include More Calcium in Your Diet

Calcium and milk go hand in hand like fluoride and toothpaste. You can’t find milk without it, and for a lot of us, milk makes up a large portion of our calcium intake. But what about those of us who can’t have dairy? How can we get calcium if we are lactose intolerant?

How Calcium Benefits Your Oral Health

Calcium helps strengthen our teeth and jawbone and also helps maintain the health of our bones throughout our body. Surprisingly, calcium is also necessary for the proper function of the other muscular components of our mouth. The nerves, blood vessels, and muscles all rely on calcium to some degree.

How Much Calcium Do We Need?

To a large degree, the amount of calcium we need depends on our age, size, and gender. Some people need over 1300 mg of calcium while children can get away with about 700 mg. However, if you consume less than 500 mg of calcium, it puts you at a greater risk of gum disease. Unfortunately, most people actually don’t get in their daily recommended dose of calcium on a regular basis.

Non-Dairy Calcium Sources

  • Canned fish with bones – The bones of small, canned fish are small enough to eat and are an excellent source of calcium!
  • Dark leafy green vegetables – This includes spinach, kale, and collard greens.
  • Calcium-fortified drinks – Fortified orange juice is a good source of calcium as well as vitamin C.
  • Tofu – Most tofu has beneficial added calcium!
  • Almonds – Almonds have more calcium than any other type of nut!
  • Dried figs – Figs have a sweet, indulgent flavor and eating a half cup of them would really feel like a treat.

These foods can add variety to your diet if you are looking for a little boost in your calcium intake without giving you the bad side effects of lactose. Figs, almonds, and leafy greens are very different but give many similar benefits when it comes to keeping gum disease at bay.

What to Do If Your Restoration Falls Out

You could be munching on your favorite snack and — pop! — you feel your filling give way. Fillings or crowns can fall out due to gradual loosening overtime from chewing hard food or the onset of tooth root decay which is a more serious condition. This occurrence, though rare, does occasionally happen. If not taken care of, the condition could worsen as food debris will fill the holes left and further aggravate the decay. However, you don’t have to panic. Stay calm and learn how to protect your distressed tooth.

Remove the filling or crown and keep it if you can.

Your crown or filling will most likely fall off while you are chewing, brushing or flossing your teeth. Quickly remove the filing from your mouth to prevent it from being swallowed. If you accidentally swallowed it, there is nothing to worry about as the filling will be safely passed. This means you have to get a replacement. Carefully clean the old crown when found as it can be reattached. This is done free of charge if it’s the same dentist that originally placed it. Clean the affected tooth thoroughly and call your dentist.

Immediately call a dentist for an appointment.

Immediately call your dentist for an appointment if your crown falls out. This is necessary because the exposed tooth might become further damaged or decayed if not refitted right away. This is considered as an emergency by most dentists, and they will try to get you to the clinic as quickly as possible. While waiting to see the dentist, there are temporary measures you can take to protect your tooth.

Use temporary filling material to replace the crown.

Before your appointment with the dentist, you have to take immediate steps to protect the exposed tooth from bacteria. If the crown is still intact, you should properly clean it and hold it in place over the tooth with dental cement which can be found at most drug stores. The dental cement can also be used to simply cover the tooth. Alternatively, you can mold dental wax over the tooth. This serves as an effective barrier against bacteria and would protect the tooth before a more permanent solution by your dentist.

Keep it clean.

While good oral hygiene is a must in normal circumstances, having a tooth with the interior exposed requires additional care. Brush the affected tooth softly to remove food debris. You can also rinse the area with salt water for good measure.

Dull any pain or sensitivity.

The exposed nerves in the troubled tooth might be painful especially while eating or drinking. The use of clove oil, which can be found in drug stores, is effective in numbing and relieving the pain when applied to the area. Use over-the-counter pain medication if the pain remains unabated.

Avoid certain foods.

In the interim, you might have to avoid certain food that could aggravate your condition. Take care to chew with the unaffected part of your mouth when you do eat. The following types of food and beverages may cause more pain and decay:

  • Sugary foods and drinks
  • Hard foods
  • Hot or very cold food and drinks
  • Acidic foods and drinks

Contact us!

The loss of your filling or crown shouldn’t have to disrupt your routine more than is necessary. Our dedicated and experienced professionals will examine your teeth thoroughly and have you up and about in no time. Contact us whenever you have any problems with your fillings or crown.