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Anchorage Kids' Dentist Shares How to Check if Your Child Is Getting Enough Calcium September 29, 2017

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Anchorage Kids' Dentist Shares How to Check if Your Child Is Getting Enough Calcium, Anchorage, Alaska

Every person requires enough daily calcium to support several essential functions of the body. For growing kids, this mineral is especially important, as it is the main component found in bones and teeth. Alaska Dentistry for Kids explains that without enough calcium, children may experience impaired development and poor dental health. As a supporter of strong teeth, this Anchorage kids’ dentist offers insights on how parents can make sure their children are getting enough of this bone-building nutrient.

How Much Calcium Does a Child Need?

kid's dentistThe National Institutes of Health recommends children consume a minimum amount of calcium each day based on their age. You can find out how much calcium is in a serving of food or beverage by looking at the nutritional facts on the back of the package. For example, one cup of milk has 300 milligrams of the nutrient.

What Are Good Sources of Calcium?

Breast milk and formula are the main sources of calcium for infants. When children grow older, they can get this required mineral from a variety of foods and beverages. Dairy, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, is a popular source of calcium for kids. However, there are numerous other foods that can offer the nutrient, such as green beans, carrots, broccoli, oranges, and almonds.

What Are the Signs of a Calcium Deficiency in Kids?

Sometimes, a child can have a calcium deficiency, even if they are consuming enough of it through their diet. For example, low vitamin D levels can make it hard for the body to absorb the nutrient. Other possible causes can include kidney malfunction, digestive issues, and other conditions.

Many times, a kids’ dentist will spot a calcium deficiency if your child has yellow or brittle teeth or is experiencing slow dental development. If these signs are present or your child experiences chronic muscle cramps or weakness, you should speak with a pediatrician about testing for the deficiency.

If you’re curious about your child’s dental development, Alaska Dentistry for Kids can provide the routine comprehensive and comfortable exams your little one needs. This children’s dentist can also detect possible nutritional issues and discuss dietary improvements to boost kids’ dental care. Visit the kids’ dentist online for more information about available services, or call (907) 274-2525 to schedule an appointment.    

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