Association Between Vitamin D and Caries?

vitaminDsunIt’s a well-known fact that vitamin D is good for strong bones, and it is also good for your overall health. It was discovered that vitamin D was good for bones when it helped prevent rickets (a bone disease causing imperfect calcification, softening, and distortion of the bones) in children. Vitamin D also contributes to the workings of your brain, heart, lungs, and muscles, and helps your body fight infection.  Recent research indicates that it may be key in the prevention and treatment of other chronic health issues, including childhood caries (cavities). If you are interested in the link between vitamin D and caries, contact your Forth Worth orthodontist, Dr. Cabal, he can explain the importance vitamin D holds in maintaining your dental health.

How to Get Vitamin D

Vitamin D is unique in that it is produced when your body is exposed to natural sunlight. It is the only vitamin your body can make. Other vitamins come from what we eat. Very little of your body’s vitamin D comes from what you eat. Either it is produced by sunlight, or you must take supplements. Your teeth are made of bone. That’s why it isn’t far-fetched that the lack of vitamin D plays a role in tooth decay. A number of clinical trials involving nearly 3,000 children took place over a span of sixty years and several countries. The results showed that children receiving the proper amounts of vitamin D showed a 50 percent decrease in childhood caries.  The studies were conducted throughout a number of settings including schools, institutional settings, hospitals, dental practices, and medical practices. Children’s vitamin D levels were boosted with the use of cod-liver oil, UV radiation, and other supplements. Other studies have shown that newborns born to mothers with a vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy, and vitamin D deficient children, experience an increase in childhood caries.

About Dr. Cabal

Dr. Ciro Cabal is a dedicated family orthodontist whose lifelong passion for providing exceptional dental care continues to this day as he serves patients of all ages from Ft. Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment to discuss invisible braces at our Ft. Worth orthodontist office, call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846.