Vitamin D helps your body absorb and metabolize calcium. When your body is low in vitamin D, it pulls calcium from your bones, making them weak. Vitamin D deficiencies occur more often than you think due to changing seasons and spending more time indoors.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that’s also known as “the sunshine vitamin” because the body can make it when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Sunlight triggers a substance in the skin that produces vitamin D, which is then carried to the liver and kidneys for processing.
While the body can synthesize vitamin D from sun exposure, it’s also found in a few foods. Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, swordfish, and sardines are good sources of vitamin D. Eggs, fortified milk, and cereals also contain vitamin D. However, it’s thought that these aren’t enough to make up for vitamin D deficiency caused by limited sun exposure.
While the research is still emerging, many studies are showing that vitamin D deficiencies can cause complications that affect your dental health. Deficiencies can lead to bone loss around the teeth, which can result in tooth loss due to weakened jaw bones. Additionally, the plaque buildup on your teeth may be more difficult to remove if you are deficient in vitamin D. This can lead to further tooth decay and cavities. Researchers are still investigating the links between vitamin D deficiency and gum disease, and periodontal disease. However, they do know that these disorders can be triggers for one another. A lack of vitamin D in the body can make it difficult to treat and prevent periodontal disease.
If you have symptoms of vitamin D deficiency, such as fatigue or chronic muscle aches, consult your physician to determine whether you should have your levels tested. Whether your body is lacking vitamin D or not, it is important to maintain a proper oral hygiene regimen at home and to visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings to prevent serious oral health issues from arising. Visit our office for a checkup and professional cleaning today!
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