Bones, Bones, Bones!

 

woman flexing her armBone grafting is the transplanting of bone tissue to fix bones that are damaged from trauma or if there is insufficient bone for a dental procedure.

What are bones are made of?

Bone contains calcium phosphate and calcium carbonate, both minerals, and collagen. Collagen makes up around 30% of the protein in the human body, and is commonly found in bones. “Collagen” comes from the Greek word “kola”, meaning glue.
Calcium phosphate and calcium carbonate add strength and harden the bone. The combination of these minerals and collagen makes bones strong but flexible, with the ability to handle stress, which minimizes breakage.
Bone is living, growing tissue. Throughout your life, old bone is broken down and new bone is added to the skeleton. Peak bone mass is reached around age 30. After this, bone resorption (when bone breaks down) slowly begins to exceed new bone formation, resulting in a gradual loss of bone density.

Keep your bones strong!

Eat Calcium:
99% of calcium is stored in your bones!
• Low-fat dairy products; Milk, Yogurt, Ice Cream
• Dark leafy vegetables; Broccoli, Collard Greens, Spinach
• Sardines and salmon
• Tofu
• Almonds
• Supplements

Take Vitamin D:
Helps the body absorb calcium.
• Dairy products; Milk, Yogurt, Ice Cream
• Egg Yolk
• Saltwater Fish
• Liver
• Supplements

Exercise:
• Walking
• Jogging
• Climbing stairs
• Tennis
• Dancing

Quit Smoking & Limit Alcohol:
Smoking means the body absorbs less calcium, resulting in bone loss. Over-consumption of alcohol leads to poor nutrition and the risk of falling.

Talk to us today to learn about your bone grafting options!