Did you know that a little time outside strengthens your teeth? Vitamin D has been shown to help teeth become stronger and more resistant to cavities, and the sun’s UV rays are the best source of vitamin D. Your Livonia family dentist, Dr. James Stewart, explains the importance of sunshine in keeping your smile healthy and bright.
Recent Study on Vitamin D and Tooth Decay
A recent study was conducted to examine the results of 24 clinical trials, spanning six decades, over the connection between vitamin D and tooth decay. Researchers found that children exposed to the sun’s UV rays experienced a 50% reduction in instances of tooth decay.
According to Michael Hollick, professor of medicine at the Boston University Medical Center: “…the findings from the University of Washington reaffirm the importance of vitamin D for dental health. Children who are vitamin D deficient have poor and delayed teeth eruption and are prone to dental caries.”
A little sunshine goes a long way toward maintaining a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Vitamin D stimulates calcium production in our bodies, strengthening bone and the enamel on our teeth. Strong enamel is more resistant to harmful bacteria, increase increase the amount of oral acids and weaken tooth enamel. Weak enamel can make teeth vulnerable to tooth decay and sensitivity.
Vitamin D provides your teeth an extra defense. Also practice proper dental habits, such as brushing and flossing, for long term health.
Protect Your Teeth
Obtaining the necessary amount of vitamin D to protect your teeth is essential, it’s important to go outside and allow your body to absorb vitamin D. Here are a few things you can do to have fun in the sun and safeguard your teeth.
- Walking Your Dog
- Outdoor Sports
With winter still upon us, playing in the sun might prove rather difficult. This doesn’t mean you can’t find vitamin D elsewhere. There are a variety of sources of vitamin D outside of the sun’s rays.
Other Sources of Vitamin D:
- Cod Liver Oil
- Fortified Dairy
Schedule an Appointment with Your Livonia Dentist
In addition to vitamin D, regular checkups and cleanings are essential to protecting teeth and gums. Dr. Stewart provides patients with comprehensive dentistry. Contact our 48154 dentist office. Schedule an appointment today by calling (734) 425-4400. We serve patients from Livonia, Farmington, Farmington Hills, and surrounding areas.