My Fixed Bridge Makes My Life Easier

When I had a badly decayed tooth extracted, I got a partial denture to fill in the gap. I didn't mind it at first, because I was just so happy to have my painful tooth out of my mouth. Over time, I began to get tired of taking it out at night. I asked my dentist if I was could get a dental implant, and he said that my gum disease did not make me a good candidate, but a fixed bridge may be a good option for me. I went with his suggestion, and I have no regrets. I love feeling like I have a real tooth again that I don't have to remove at night. I created this blog to remind other people with a missing tooth that they have many replacement options, and if one is not for you, then try another that may be right.

Magnesium And Your Teeth

Dentist Blog

Magnesium is an often-forgotten mineral that is essential for healthy teeth and bones. If you want your teeth to stay strong and cavity-free, it's important to make sure you're getting enough in your diet. Here's a look at how magnesium helps build healthy teeth, signs that you aren't getting enough, and foods to eat in order to boost your intake of this important mineral.

Magnesium's Role in Dental Health

About 60% of the magnesium in your body is stored in your bones and teeth. If you are deficient in magnesium, this deficiency in and of itself will not cause your teeth to weaken. However, a deficiency of magnesium can lead to an imbalance in the ratio of calcium and phosphorus in your teeth, and this imbalance can lead to weakened tooth enamel. Research has shown that people who have no cavities in their mouth have higher magnesium levels that those who have developed cavities.

Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms

It might take years for a magnesium deficiency to cause dental symptoms. Luckily, there are other signs of magnesium deficiency that show up much earlier. If you have any of these deficiency symptoms, you should talk to your doctor or dentist, and work on increasing your magnesium intake now before your teeth are affected:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue and weakness throughout the day
  • Numbness and tingling in the extremities
  • Muscle cramps and contractions

Sources of Magnesium

Young men should aim to eat around 400 mg of magnesium per day, while young women need 310 milligrams per day. Men over the age of 30 require about 420 mg of magnesium per day, and women over the age of 30 need 320 milligrams per day.  Magnesium deficiency is more common that you might think – some studies suggest that up to three quarters of Americans don't get enough of this mineral.  To give your intake a boost, focus on eating magnesium-rich foods such as:

  • Almonds, which contain 80 mg of magnesium per one-ounce serving
  • Boiled spinach, which contains 78 mg per cup
  • Soymilk, which contains 61 mg per cup
  • Avocado, which contains 44 mg per cup
  • Peanuts, which contain 63 mg per cup
  • Bananas, which contain 32 mg each
  • Peanut butter, which contains 49 milligrams in 2 tablespoons

If you want to keep your teeth strong and cavity-free, make sure you're getting plenty of magnesium in your diet. If you've suffered from a lot of cavities in the past, increasing your magnesium intake might help you avoid future ones. (For information on a dentist, you can contact Maria E Marzo, D.D.S., PC)


29 April 2015