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Dangers to Your Oral Health of Not Having Sufficient Vitamin D
Posted on 8/30/2019 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
Everyone knows that they need to include a good balance of vitamins and minerals in their daily diet. They may have heard of Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin D.
They may look at the nutrition labels that provide the recommended daily dose of the minerals and vitamins a food provides. That does not mean they know what the vitamins and minerals do for them. It is time to learn what not getting enough vitamin D means to your oral health.
The Benefits of Vitamin D
Vitamin D plays an important role in the overall health of the body, including the teeth and gums. Vitamin D works with calcium, helping to build and strengthen the bones in the body.
Vitamin D is more like a hormone than a vitamin. It helps the body work in ways to absorb other nutrients in the body. One of the main nutrients it helps absorb is calcium, which is vital to the growth and strengthening of bone. Calcium can strengthen the bones of the jaw and it can help strengthen the teeth.
What Happens in a Vitamin D Deficiency
The question to ask is what happens when the body does not have enough Vitamin D in the diet. Your oral health is one of the first signs that you9 are lacking vitamin D. Bleeding gums and tooth decay are symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. The lack of vitamin D also impacts the immune system which could cause oral health issues to get worse.
The longer the lack of vitamin D goes on, the larger the impact on your oral health. The loss of bone tissue in the jaw could lead to loose, broken or damaged teeth. The depressed immune system can allow harmful bacteria to grow, leading to more tooth decay and gum disease.
It is possible to increase your vitamin D intake through diet, but it is also possible to turn to supplements to make sure you are giving your body and your teeth what they need.