Most people know that vitamin D is important for healthy teeth and bones, but many of us fail to get adequate amounts. Today’s blog post is a friendly reminder to our patients – especially expectant mothers – about the importance of vitamin D.
Below are a few facts about vitamin D:
- Many recent reports demonstrate a significant association between periodontal health and the intake of vitamin D,
- Researchers who took a second look at a series of clinical trials conducted on 2,000 children in several countries between the 1920s and 1980s determined vitamin D — which we often absurd from sunlight — was associated with around a 50 percent reduction in the incidence of tooth decay.
- Inadequate vitamin D levels in pregnant women may be associated with dental caries (cavities) in their children during the first year of life.
- The sun is an excellent source of vitamin D, but it is hard to quantify how much vitamin D you get from time in the sun and the risk of skin cancer may outweigh the benefits. Food first, says Baylor College of Medicine dietitian Keli Hawthorne. “Supplements can fill in the gaps but it is always better to try to meet your nutritional needs with foods that contain fiber, phytonutrients, and so much more,” Unless you enjoy a diet that includes fatty fish or fish liver oils, it may be hard to get enough vitamin D naturally without eating fortified foods or taking a supplement. “The major dietary source of vitamin D comes from fortified diary, along with some yogurts and cereals,” Hawthorne says. Mushrooms, eggs, cheese, and beef liver contain small amounts.
At Enhanced Dental Care in Walla Walla, Dr. Jonathan Gantz and his team encourage all of his patients to practice preventative medicine by eating a healthy diet complete with all vital nutrients. We offer a full complement of dental services in our well-appointed office across from Tietan Park. Ask us about emergency dentistry, porcelain crowns, or teeth whitening during your next visit.
We are currently accepting new patients at Enhanced Dental Care and our friendly team of dental professionals would love to serve your family with all of their dental needs. You can schedule an appointment by calling us today 509-525-5902.