Everyone wants better teeth healthier gums and an everlasting smile. The dental industry is a multi billion dollar market and dental hygiene and whitening products are close behind. A beautiful well kept smile has become a direct reflection of good health and hygiene. While the dentist and dental products can help you maintain your pearly whites your internal health has the ability to keep your teeth strong and your gums healthy. Vitamin D is one of the best ways to ensure a lasting smile. Read the overwhelming research on the link between vitamin D for tooth and gum health.
Benefits of Vitamin D
- Leaner abs – Studies found that people who drank orange juice that was fortified with vitamin D had less body fat around their midsection in comparison to those who drank regular orange juice (source).
Better Immune System – A study found that participants with lesser amounts of vitamin D in their bloodstream were over 30% more likely to have had a recent infection than those whose blood tests indicated higher levels of vitamin D. It also helps the intestines absorb nutrients, including calcium and phosphorus. This ensures strong bones and a strong immune system.
- Protect Your Muscle – Vitamin D prevents osteomalacia and rickets. Osteomalacia, which causes weakness of the muscular system and brittle bones, is most prevalent among adults with vitamin D deficiency. Rickets is a skeletal deformity mostly seen in children with vitamin D deficiency.
- Vitamin D provides calcium balance in the body that prevents osteoporosis or arthritis.
- Turn Back The Clock – Vitamin D regulates blood pressure, reduces stress and tension, relieves body aches and pains by reducing muscle spasms, reduces respiratory infections, helps in differentiation of the cells, aids in insulin secretion, helps fight depression, improves overall skin health by reducing wrinkles, makes skin soft, strong, and smooth, and improves cardiovascular strength by providing a protective lining for the blood vessels.
- Prevent Disease – Vitamin D is recommended in the treatment of several diseases. It may prevent preaclamsia by improving kidney function, cancer by controlling abnormal multiplication of cancer cells, diabetes mellitus by controlling insulin production, hyperparathyroidism by reducing parathyroid numbers, osteomalacia by improving bone and muscle strength, hypophosphatemia by controlling the phosphates in the body, hypocalcaemia by preventing abnormal deposition of calcium, and renal osteodystrophy by regulating calcium content and fibromyalgia (source).
Benefits of Vitamin D for tooth and gum health
Several studies have linked vitamin D deficiencies to periodontal disease.
According to U.S. studies:
- People with lower vitamin D levels had more attachment loss than people with higher vitamin D levels.
- African-Americans had a greater risk of PD than white Americans. African-Americans had average vitamin D blood levels of about 16 ng/mL (40 nmol/L) compared to 26 ng/mL (65 nmol/L) for white Americans. Most vitamin D is obtained from solar UVB exposure. Less UVB reaches the lower layer of dark skin, where vitamin D is produced.
- Pregnant women with PD had lower vitamin D levels and were twice as likely to have vitamin D insufficiency.
PD and a number of diseases are linked to low vitamin D levels: cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pre-eclampsia, and osteoporosis. In many of the studies, the authors stated that some unknown factor might explain the link (source).
The Link Between Vitamin D and Tooth Decay
Enamel is the most mineralized substance in the human body and it makes up the prime protection of the teeth. Enamel is made up of calcium an phosphate but the body can not absorb calcium without vitamin D. Increasing vitamin D in the body allows for an increased rate of calcium and phosphate to supply the teeth with what they need to fight bacteria.
*More research is needed to prove that vitamin D is an effective way to prevent and treat cavities and gum disease.
* The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics.
It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
This may make you reconsider you own vitamin D. I personally take the Michael’s brand sublingual Vitamin D.