Vitamin D and your Oral Health

Did you know that a deficiency of vitamin D can affect your oral health? Calcium’s main job is to keep your teeth and bones strong! However, without vitamin D our bodies are unable to effectively absorb the calcium and your bones become fragile. Vitamin D is found in foods such as milk, supplements, and sunlight. Let’s take a closer look into the world of vitamin D and your teeth:

The most important steps to maintaining our oral health is eating well balanced meals with little sugar, brushing our teeth twice a day, and flossing our teeth. But, why do we still get cavities and gum disease? The answer might be lack of vitamin D!

Cavities
Let’s talk about your tooth’s enamel. Made up of phosphate and calcium, the enamel is one of the most important parts of your tooth because it acts as a protector. Cells in the tooth’s dentin (the layer underneath the enamel) help prevent damage, such as tooth decay. These cells use vitamin D to help restore the tooth and keep it strong. Thus, without the proper amount of vitamin D, you are lowering your tooth’s ability to fight off cavities…ouch!

Gum Disease
Gum infections, such as gingivitis and periodontal disease, can be caused by vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D’s ability to act as an anti-inflammatory helps protect against gum swelling and infection. Lack of vitamin D can cause the bone structure around your tooth’s socket to weaken and gum bleeding, causing gingivitis and more serious conditions like periodontal disease down the road. If you do not take care of your gums, you run the risk of eventual tooth loss.

Vitamin D plays a huge part in keeping your immune system healthy. When your immune system is healthy, so is your dental health. At Premier Dental Associates of Lower Manhattan, our patients’ health is our priority. If you have any questions about your dental health or have pain in your gums and/or teeth, please do not hesitate to call us at 212-587-0202. Our expert dentists are always happy to help!