Promoting better oral health is among the chief goals at Farber Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants. It’s why we would like to take this opportunity to remind you about the importance of Vitamin D. It contributes to healthier teeth and bones and also has anti-inflammatory properties. They are increasingly believed to play a beneficial role against gingivitis (gum disease). Vitamin D is found in many of your favorite foods, so it’s only a matter of remembering to eat enough of them and to do it routinely.
As one of the best-known holistic dentists Long Island has available, Farber Center is dedicated to preserving healthy teeth. It means we are strong prevention advocates and encourage our patients and the public at large to maintain their oral health. In addition to avoiding sugary foods and brushing and flossing, you need to eat the right foods to help your teeth, bones, and body stay healthy. Vitamin D rich foods need to be high on your list and among the things you eat often. Later in this article, we will list helpful foods to eat, but first, let’s reexamine the benefits of this essential vitamin.
How Does Vitamin D Help Teeth and Improve Oral Health?
Your teeth and jawbone, along with all of the bones in your body, need Vitamin D to mineralize. When your teeth are not sufficiently mineralized because of inadequate Vitamin D, dental caries, or cavities, can form. You also may suffer a loss of tooth enamel. Therefore, the presence of Vitamin D can reduce the risk of cavities. Also, more recent studies have indicated that Vitamin D may help in controlling periodontal disease. It is because it contains anti-inflammatory properties that can calm gingivitis (gum disease).
Vitamin D is most commonly absorbed when ultraviolet B light from the sun shines directly on your skin. When combined with calcium in your body, this vitamin works its magic. When your body takes it in, it becomes the catalyst for calcium to be absorbed into your bones and teeth. Without a catalyst, calcium is not easily absorbed into the body. It is essential to increase the absorption of calcium and phosphate from the foods you eat. Therefore, don’t hesitate to step outdoors on sunny days to take in more Vitamin D. But, make sure to apply sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s other harmful rays.
Help Your Teeth and Bones by Eating These Foods Rich in Vitamin D
Eating a healthy diet is essential to your whole-body health, and it is not difficult to go one step farther to make sure you’re eating a diet of foods rich in Vitamin D. For example if you’re a seafood lover, make sure to eat tuna and salmon. At breakfast time, you’ll be getting your Vitamin D from both milk and egg yolks — and also from soy milk if you’re a non-dairy eater. At lunch and dinner, good sources are cheese, sardines, beef liver, and mushrooms. With such a long list of favorite foods, it’s easy to find ones you enjoy and be on your list. Because we practice holistic dentistry at Farber Center, we are strong advocates of our patients eating healthy diets for many good-health reasons.
As studies continue, the connection of good oral health to other major systems of the body becomes increasingly evident. These connections include the circulatory and immune systems as well as the heart and other vital organs. Also, chronic conditions, such as diabetes are helped by healthy teeth and gums. The bacteria from low-grade infections present in a diseased tooth or inflamed gums can be found in other areas of the body. Therefore, it’s clear how much infections in your mouth can impact your overall health. Once treated, it is vital to continue good care at home — which means brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day.
Visit Your Dentist or Periodontists for Regular Cleanings and Check-Ups
It’s important to routinely visit your dentist or periodontist for cleanings and check-ups in addition to brushing, flossing and eating a diet rich in Vitamin D. At Farber Center, we work hard to offer advanced treatments and to be among the most helpful Long Island, holistic dentists. Your comfort and convenience are important to us, and we maintain dentist offices in both Medford and Hauppauge, NY. Our oral and periodontal surgeries use modern, less invasive methods, and we have the PerioLase MVP-7 dental laser. It provides for advanced cleaning and less invasive gum surgery should you ever need it. If you’d like to have a check-up or discuss anything with us, please schedule an appointment today.
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