Vitamin D and Your Oral Health
Vitamin D deficiency is considered to be a worldwide public health problem that spans across all age groups from children to adults. Naturally, we get Vitamin D from direct exposure to sunlight along with the very few foods that contain sufficient doses. However, exposure to sunlight has tremendously decreased in modern society with the increased number of desk-related jobs. Thus, epidemiological studies have now shown that roughly 70% of the world population is Vitamin D deficient.
Few realize its drastic and substantial role in various diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression, and diabetes. Furthermore, Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked with up to a 300% increase in dental implant failure and common oral diseases such as gingivitis. This shows that even if proper dental care is practiced, which requires brushing three times each day, flossing twice, and Dental Services are availed tooth decay will still occur if the person has low levels of Vitamin D.
Thus, Tooth Spa Dentistry, your trusted dental care in Lincoln, California, recommends the following to naturally obtain sufficient levels of Vitamin D:
- Spend 10 minutes each day without sunblock. (This is depending on the sensitivity of your skin as too much exposure can also be dangerous.
- Eat foods that are high in Vitamin D like fish.
- Drink at least two glasses of milk each day.
Each of these methods can be done with or without a vitamin D supplement, but the proper amount that a person should take each day is between 2,500 and 4,000 IU, depending on age.
Indeed, a little Vitamin D goes a long way to help overall oral health.