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Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

Dangers to Your Oral Health of Not Having Sufficient Vitamin D

Posted on 8/30/2019 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
Dangers to Your Oral Health of Not Having Sufficient Vitamin DEveryone 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.

Call of office today to learn more!

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