Vitamin D for Preventing Tooth Decay

Vitamin D for Preventing Tooth Decay

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Vitamin D is a critical nutrient. Without enough vitamin D, you may be prone to muscle weakness and pain, and one study found that older adults who have deficiencies may be more prone to hip and knee pain. Vitamin D has also been found to have some protective effects against colon, breast and prostate cancers and may reduce the risk of death from skin cancer. Finally, vitamin D helps build strong teeth and bones by promoting proper calcium absorption for better mineralization. A recent study found that it may help combat cavities.

This study evaluated two dozen clinical trials that spanned more than 60 years. The data revealed that vitamin D supplementation could slash the rate of cavities by half. Children who were deficient in this nutrient were not only more likely to suffer from tooth decay but also late teething. Starting vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy can be one way to prevent low D levels in children, but children may also need additional supplementation.

You can get more vitamin D in your diet by spending a little bit of time outdoors every day. Your body makes vitamin D in response to sun exposure. You do not need to sunbathe or tan to get the benefits. Depending on your skin tone, just a few minutes a day may be enough. Those with darker skin tones may need to spend more time outside to get the vitamin D they need. You can also eat more egg yolks, fish liver oils and fatty fish. Supplementation may be an option for those who are unable to get enough vitamin D through their diet or for those who have a serious deficiency. Call us to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Van Nuys.

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