A tall frothy glass of milk, plenty of yogurt, and plenty of cheese have been the cornerstone of a diet high in Vitamin D. Most of us have been told how important it is to ensure we get plenty of this vitamin to guarantee that we have strong bones and teeth. Little did we know that getting enough of this vital nutrient was also guaranteeing that our gums would remain healthy and free from disease. Recent studies exploring the role of vitamins and nutrients play in our oral health have revealed just how central this dairy-based vitamin is in ensuring our smile stays looking good for a lifetime.
Gingivitis is an unfortunate truth in the lives of almost everyone at some point in their lives. The tenderness, swelling, and bleeding that comes with it is something we’ve all experienced on occasion, but it’s usually no big deal. If it isn’t treated promptly and thoroughly, however, it can develop into periodontitis, a much more serious concern. Periodontal disease at its worst can lead to receding gums, root decay, abscesses, and the ultimate breakdown of the bone in the jaw.
The American Society for Microbiology published a collection of studies that revealed how the S. mutans bacteria behave in dental patients who get sufficient vitamin D in their diet. The results uncovered some previously unknown facts about how this nutrient serves to promote gum health and fight periodontal disease.
What this means is that, overall these years, Vitamin D has been working hard to protect our teeth in ways we never suspected. It was even shown that when Vitamin D is in the bloodstream at high enough levels, it can eliminate the bacteria responsible in the bloodstream.
You have multiple options that you can use to get enough Vitamin D to promote gum health. Red meat, salmon, eggs, and shrimp are all great sources of this vital nutrient, but they aren’t the easiest way to get enough. You can simply spend a few hours enjoying the sun every week, and your body will naturally generate enough Vitamin D to meet your body’s needs. Want to know more? Prepare for a visit to your dentist and schedule a consultation.
The team at Lifetime Dental Care brings a full range of services to patients in and around the Woodbridge, VA area. These four doctors bring a range of experience, diverse backgrounds, and professional knowledge together to provide families with a safe and friendly home for their oral health needs.