Prevent Tooth Decay with Vitamin D
The risk for developing cavities can be reduced through proper oral hygiene, nutrition, and twice a year examinations and cleanings. Calcium is important for strong and healthy teeth but it is important to get enough Vitamin D in the diet as well.
Vitamin D can help teeth become better mineralized and can better defend against decay. A deficiency in this vitamin may weaken teeth and lead to the increased risk of developing cavities or other problems. Vitamin D comes hand in hand with Calcium. Vitamin D is essential for Calcium to work and be effective in maintaining and sustaining healthy teeth and bones. Having Vitamin D deficiency can lead to weak teeth and bones. It can also lead to high risk of developing cavities and tooth decays. Vitamin D may also play a role in attacking the oral bacteria that cause cavities.
Gingivitis can also develop due to a lack of Vitamin D. Pregnant mothers need enough Vitamin D so that their infants have a good start with proper tooth development. Children need enough nutrition to grow healthy permanent teeth and adults need to maintain healthy teeth to prevent decay and disease.
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 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 general dentist at Expressions Dental.