How Vitamin D Impacts Oral Health

How Vitamin D Impacts Oral Health

As more and more bodies of research are coming out about the impacts of vitamin D, we know it affects a great deal of our overall health and wellness, which makes it a crucial vitamin to get enough of.

A vitamin D deficiency is known to increase your risk for cavities and gum disease, and at our dental office, it is imperative for all of our patients to know and understand how preventative vitamin D can be! Read more below on all why vitamin D is so beneficial to your oral health.

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Vitamin D For Dental Health

Did you know that people with a dental disease also have a vitamin D deficiency? So, if you suffer from gum disease or chronic cavities, it might be wise to have your vitamin D levels checked! Vitamin D is one of those nutrients that when it’s missing or deficient not only affects your teeth but your whole body. In over 30,000 genes, vitamin D is involved in around 3,000, so you need it for the most crucial biological processes.

Vitamin D is needed for bone health — remember your teeth are bones — because vitamin D and calcium absorption are so closely related. When vitamin D is absent, your body is only able to absorb 10 to 15 percent of the calcium you consume.

What else does vitamin D impact?

intext 5Vitamin D plays a role in the following areas:

  • Gut health
  • Brain functioning
  • Healthy weight balance
  • Autoimmune disease reductions
  • IBS concerns

Low levels of vitamin D can manifest as:

  • Allergies
  • Osteoporosis
  • Autoimmune issues
  • Weight gain/imbalances

This is just a brief and quick glance at what vitamin D impacts. Over the next couple of posts, we’ll examine how vitamin D works, the differences between the forms, and how you can get more of it! Stay tuned!

For a dentist who cares about your dental health beyond the chair, schedule an appointment with Dr. Martin J. Schwartz today!

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