A study published by the National Institutes of Health highlighted the positive effects of vitamin D on oral health. Vitamin D can help with the absorption of calcium to fortify teeth. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can be quite beneficial to gum health. These two qualities mean that vitamin D can help keep teeth strong and gums healthy, which are both key components on keeping your smile safe. An unhealthy smile is often linked to a deficiency of vitamin D. Your orthodontic team in Fort Worth, Texas wants to help you keep your smile strong, beautiful, and healthy.
Without a sufficient amount of vitamin D in your body, only about 10-15% of your calcium intake will actually be absorbed. Vitamin D acts more like a hormone than a vitamin and it helps to regulate the calcium absorption levels in your intestines. Calcium is a vital mineral to keeping your teeth and the bones that support your teeth strong.
Having sufficient levels of vitamin D in your body not only helps your bones and teeth, but it can help produce anti-microbial peptides. These peptides can help your mouth fight off harmful bacteria to defend against bacteria and infection related to periodontal disease. Many people that have gum disease also have a vitamin D deficiency, which can relate to immunity issues and other overall health problems. Your oral health is often a gateway to your body’s health, so it is important to keep your smile’s well-being a priority.
Sources of Vitamin D
Natural sunlight can be a good source for vitamin D. Nutritional sources can be fatty fish (like tuna or salmon), cheese, egg yolks, or beef liver. Some food and drink products are fortified with vitamin D, such as dairy products, orange juice, cereals, and soy milk.
Are you getting enough vitamin D?
Vitamin D has a lot of benefits to your oral health. To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.