vitamin d and oral health

What Vitamin D has to do with your Oral Health

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vitamin d and oral healthServing Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN

These days, we hear a lot about vitamin D, which is naturally found in the sun’s rays. But, due to a concern for skin cancer, many of us lather up our skin with sunscreen before heading outside during the summer, especially when going to the pool or beach. While vitamin D is important for our bodies, we tend to block it out with the protective clothing and sunscreen that we wear. Your Nashville dentists at Devine Dentistry want you to know the importance of vitamin D and what it has to do with your oral health. Plus, we will share with you ways to get more of this essential vitamin.

Cavities

Dental enamel consists of phosphate and calcium, and it protects our teeth from the more sensitive layer or the dentin. The dentin layer uses vitamin D to help fight tooth decay. Plus, our bodies use vitamin D to help absorb calcium. Without sufficient vitamin D, a patient would be at a higher risk for developing cavities or tooth decay.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is an infection that attacks the hard and soft tissues inside the mouth. It increases your chance of cavities, erodes jawbone, and causes the gums to shrink away from your teeth. Eventually, if not treated, gum disease can lead to total tooth loss. However, vitamin D is known to combat inflammation, which is prevalent in cases of gum disease. An insufficient supply of vitamin D could cause your bones and teeth sockets to suffer, which may cause gums to bleed more easily. Remember, however, that oral hygiene is essential in preventing gum disease, although a vitamin D deficiency could negate your oral hygiene efforts.

Immune System

Our immune systems rely heavily on vitamin D. This necessary nutrient helps boost our immune system to help fight infections, including gum disease. A healthy body means a healthier mouth, and vice versa. Ensure that you are getting enough vitamin D to help not only support your oral health but your body as well.

Am I getting enough vitamin D?

To determine your vitamin D levels, request a blood test from your doctor. Simple blood testing that takes place at your yearly well visit can determine if you need to take vitamin D supplements. However, there are telltale signs that may indicate that you have low levels of vitamin D. Keep in mind that other health ailments exhibit similar symptoms, so if you experience any of these, be sure to get checked out by your doctor right away.

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Bone or back pain
  • Sick often
  • Depression
  • Slow to heal wounds
  • Bone loss
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle pain

Dental Care in Nashville

Be sure that your vitamin D levels are in check. It will help your body, as well as your mouth. Supplements are an inexpensive way to boost your vitamin D levels. However, do not just treat yourself without first getting checked by a doctor. A physician will need to conduct a blood test, and determine the most appropriate level of vitamin D for your case, as everyone’s needs are different.

Remember also to maintain good oral hygiene, and keep up with regular visits to your dentist for checkups and cleanings as an overall approach to maintain good oral health.

Family Dentist in Belle Meade

To learn more or to schedule a consultation, please call Devine Dentistry at (615) 269-4209.

Devine Dentistry is proud to provide comprehensive oral care for patients in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville in Tennessee.

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