Vitamin D and Oral Health
At Smiles by Shields, we want to help you find healthy ways to improve the strength of your teeth. New research suggests that adding a little extra vitamin D in your diet can help maintain your dental health.
In multiple studies, it has been determined that for some patients it is necessary to increase nutritional mineral intake levels with supplements. While most people receive an adequate mineral profile through a varied diet, some people are unable to absorb vitamins due to medical procedures or other causes and may need more targeted supplementation.
Vitamin D is one such mineral that is essential to oral health but may be lacking in some individuals. Vitamin D is produced in your body in response to sunlight exposure. It is able to induce cathelicidin, an antimicrobial peptide, which attacks oral bacteria linked to dental cavities.
If you decide to take a Vitamin D supplement, it is recommended that you strive to get at least 8,000 International Units (IU) per day. Twenty minutes of direct sunlight per day can also boost Vitamin D levels.
If you would like more information on supplements for dental health, call to schedule an appointment with your Jacksonville dentist today!