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Does low calcium cause oral health or heart problems?

Although low calcium levels are uncommon in men and women, research shows that when it happens, calcium deficiency may be related to inflammation of gum tissue surrounding the teeth. The following people are at risk for low calcium levels:
  • Nursing mothers
  • Menopausal women
  • Women or men who are very athletic
  • Women or men who are lactose intolerant
Low calcium can also cause muscle cramps, fatigue, lack of appetite, abnormal heart rhythms, and numbness in the extremities. Be sure to get enough calcium in your diet and/or with supplements. Talk to your dentist or doctor about ways to get enough calcium in your diet.

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