Why Your Teeth Need Vitamin D
In order to keep teeth strong and healthy, your body needs plenty of calcium. Yet, in order to properly absorb that calcium, you also need vitamin D. Multiple studies have linked vitamin D intake to healthier brain function, immune function and strong bones and teeth. According to a recent study by the University of Washington, those who get inadequate vitamin D may be more likely to suffer from tooth decay. In fact, researchers have found that those who got plenty of vitamin D were half as likely to suffer from cavities.
According to the research team, this could be due to both stronger dental enamel and better immunity. The study involved about 3,000 children of ages two to 16 that were chosen from six different countries. While the study focused only on children, the research team believed that the results could apply to everyone.
Getting more vitamin D in your system can be as easy as spending a bit more time in the sun every day, but this may not be an option for everyone. Other good sources of vitamin D include fortified dairy products, other types of fortified milk, fortified juices and supplements. Natural sources include egg yolks, wild herring, channel catfish, oysters, salmon, halibut, tofu, sardines and trout. You may also want to skip anything that could reduce your vitamin D levels, such as soft drinks, which contain vitamin D-suppressing phosphates.
Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of calcium and vitamin D can help keep your teeth stronger and more resilient against dental disease. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Los Angeles.
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