How Vitamin D Benefits the Teeth
Vitamin D is often called a wonder vitamin and with good reason. Research shows that we need this sunshine vitamin for healthy immune function, stable moods, vibrant brains and strong bones. A new study shows that it may also be more important for our teeth than previously understood.The research included nearly 3,000 children from six countries, including the United States. Children who had sufficient vitamin D intake were 50 percent less likely to suffer from tooth decay. According to one of the researchers, vitamin D helps teeth properly absorb calcium, which makes the enamel stronger. Vitamin D also improves immunity, allowing your body to better fight tooth decay, the oral infection responsible for cavities.
We can get as much as 90 percent of our needed vitamin D from the sun. Spending just a few minutes outside on sunny days without sunscreen allows your body to make its own vitamin D. Good dietary sources of vitamin D include fortified milk and juices, fish, eggs and mushrooms. Adding a few of these foods to your daily diet can help you get the D you need. Skip sugary soft drinks and drinks with phosphates, which can suppress D levels. Some may benefit from additional supplements but should talk to their doctors first.
Good nutrition can play a big role in your smile’s health, but you also need regular dental care. Brush after meals, floss daily and have professional cleanings about twice a year. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in North Hollywood.
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