A human body produces vitamin D as a response to sun exposure. A person can also boost their vitamin D intake through certain foods or supplements.
Osteoporosis is a silent disease that causes bones to become thin and weak, often resulting in fractures (broken bones) In the U.S., approximately 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men over age 50 will break a bone as a result of osteoporosis.
Recent dental implant studies have found that while smoking and generalized periodontitis are generally associated with an approximate 50% to 200% increase in dental implant failure, vitamin D deficiency is associated with up to a 300% increase in early implant failure.
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, sometimes also referred to as “the sunshine vitamin”, is an important vitamin that we can get not only from food but also from a bit of sunlight.
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.
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.
The potential role of VDR gene variations in modulating periodontal susceptibility have been a subject of scientific investigations. The aim of this paper is to perform a literature review of the potential correlation between Vitamin D Receptor (VDR) gene polymorphisms and periodontal disease.
Oral health plays an important role in an individual’s eating choices, which in turn ensure good nutrition throughout life.
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.