Did you know calcium not only supports bone growth and development, but it also helps the growth of your child’s teeth? As your child grows, they need more calcium to supplement their healthy bone development as well as aid in tooth development.
Why Children Need Calcium
Children need calcium to strengthen teeth and neutralize acids which protect the teeth from developing cavities. For calcium to be effective in bone growth and development, it is also important that your child gets enough vitamin D. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium from food. The best sources of vitamin D include sunlight, and eating fish, egg yolks, and fortified foods.
How Much Calcium Do Children Need?
The amount of calcium depends on your child’s age. The National Institutes of Health recommends the following:
- Infants up to age 6 months: 210 mg
- Infants from age 7 months to 1 year: 270 mg
- Children ages 1 to 3 years: 700 mg
- Children ages 4 to 8 years: 1000 mg
- Children ages 9 to 18 years: 1,300 mg
Sources of Calcium
Dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese are some of the best sources of calcium, but you’ll also find it in many other food groups, such as:
- Fish (181mg )
- Fruits, such as kiwi, oranges, dates (23-57mg)
- Vegetables, such as kale, broccoli, collard greens (21-100mg)
- Calcium-fortified orange juice and breads (30-261mg)
- Pudding (55mg)
Are you concerned your child is not getting enough calcium?
You can discuss calcium supplements with us if you’re concerned that your kids aren’t getting enough calcium. Have more questions about your child’s dental health? Jenkins and LeBlanc are committed to educating children and parents about how to have great oral health. Please contact your local Jenkins and LeBlanc pediatric dental office and we’ll be happy to help you!