In this post from Freedom Village Dental, we have a few thoughts on Vitamin D. Most people know it is vital for healthy teeth and bones, yet many of us fail to get enough.
Here is a sampling of Vitamin D findings:
“Several recent reports demonstrate a significant association between periodontal health and the intake of Vitamin D.”
“Researchers who took a second look at a series of clinical trials conducted on 2,000 children in several countries between the 1920s and 1980s determined Vitamin D — which we often garner from sunlight — was associated with around a 50 percent reduction in the incidence of tooth decay.”
“Inadequate Vitamin D levels in pregnant women may be associated with dental caries in their children during the first year of life.”
“The sun is an excellent source of Vitamin D, but it is hard to quantify how much Vitamin D you get from time in the sun and the risk of skin cancer may outweigh the benefits.”
Food first, says Baylor College of Medicine dietitian Keli Hawthorne. “Supplements can fill in the gaps but it is always better to try to meet your nutritional needs with foods that contain fiber, phytonutrients, and so much more.”
Unless you enjoy a diet that includes fatty fish or fish liver oils, it may be hard to get enough Vitamin D naturally without eating fortified foods or taking a supplement. “The major dietary source of Vitamin D comes from fortified diary, along with some yogurts and cereals,” Hawthorne says. Mushrooms, eggs, cheese, and beef liver contain small amounts.”
At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we want all our patients to have excellent dental health. That includes strong teeth! Make sure you get your dose of Vitamin D, and see us for regular cleanings and checkups. We have extended evening and Saturday hours for your convenience. Call today!