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The Benefits Of Vitamin D For Your Teeth And Overall Oral Health

Going outside may be fun for most people. But did you know there are many health benefits of spending time with Mother Nature? This includes necessary access to vitamin D. This vitamin plays a crucial role in your overall health and offers great benefits for your oral health. Let’s learn more about the “sunshine vitamin” and how it impacts your oral health.

Vitamin D and Dental Health

Common oral diseases include gingivitis (inflammation of soft ‘gum’ tissue), periodontitis (infection of hard and soft tissues around teeth) and caries (infection of teeth). These conditions are influenced by the body’s immune function as well as its ability to promote mineralization of hard tissues in the area. As a mediator of mineralization and immunity, vitamin D levels may influence these conditions. Vitamin D has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial roles in the oral cavity. Its anti-inflammatory effects are a result of many different interactions including activation of both acquired and innate immunity.

Effects of early vitamin D deficiency rickets on bone and dental health, growth and immunity

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with adverse health outcomes, including impaired bone growth, gingival inflammation and increased risk for autoimmune disease, but the relationship between vitamin D deficiency rickets in childhood and long-term health has not been studied.

Effects of Vitamin & Mineral Deficiency on Oral Health

Vitamins and minerals are vital for our overall health therefore from a holistic dentistry perspective they would be important for oral health as well. However, their effect on oral health goes beyond the general benefits they have for a healthy lifestyle. Lack of certain vitamins and minerals can cause adverse dental issues discussed in greater details below.