Vitamin D Can Help Prevent Tooth Decay
Vitamin D is a crucial element in the formation of healthy bones and teeth. Yet, recent research indicates it may also play a vital role in the prevention of tooth decay. Researchers analyzed more than two dozen studies that were performed over a 60-year period and included about 3,000 children around the world. The goal was to determine the role that vitamin D plays in bone and tooth health. The researchers found that those with decreased vitamin D levels were more vulnerable to dental caries, or tooth decay. Children with inadequate vitamin D levels were more likely to have delayed and poor eruption of their teeth.
Getting more vitamin D into your diet ensures adequate mineralization of your teeth, which helps them remain strong in fighting oral acids and bacteria. The importance of vitamin D is even greater in pregnant women and young children. Simply spending some time outdoors every day can help your body makes its own supply of vitamin D, but this will not necessarily be enough to protect your full dental health. Good dietary sources of vitamin D include cod liver oil, salmon, swordfish, liver, eggs and tuna. Fortified milks and juices can also be good options. Dr. Frame may recommend additional supplementation if you are at a higher-than-average risk of a deficiency or tooth decay.
Other ways to reduce your risk of tooth decay include a balanced diet, good dental hygiene habits and scheduling a tooth cleaning at least every six months. Some patients may benefit from dental sealants and periodic fluoride treatments, as well. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame.
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