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Did you know that a short stroll in the sun helps your body fight cavities? Not only does the fresh air feel nice, but the sun’s UV rays allow our bodies to absorb vitamin D. In addition to providing an array of health benefits, vitamin D helps protect teeth from dental problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Your Waco dentist, Dr. Corbet Locke, explains why vitamin D is necessary for good dental health.

Benefits of Vitamin D

Studies show, vitamin D reduces the risk of high blood pressure, decreasing the likelihood of stroke and heart attack. Vitamin D also helps prevent depression and increases the production of calcium in the body. Calcium strengthens bone, but also shores up our tooth enamel, which protects our smiles from the ravages of tooth decay.

Vitamin D is very important for the dental health of children. A recent study by the University of Washington showed, children exposed to vitamin D saw a 50{dcbe0cd52ce35e2f156887e14605e24111ce99c14f01d3853732956d43020bdd} reduction in tooth decay. Boston University Medical Center Professor of Medicine, Dr. Michael Hollick, said of the study: “…the findings from the University of Washington reaffirm the importance of vitamin D for dental health. Children who are vitamin D deficient have poor and delayed teeth eruption and are prone to dental caries.”

Vitamin D stimulates the production of helpful antimicrobial peptides. These microbes combat harmful bacteria, further protecting your smile from cavities and gum disease. The easiest way of absorbing vitamin D is going outside; not only does sunshine help teeth, but outdoor activity helps our hearts and overall health.

Common Outdoor Activities:

  • Walking or Jogging
  • Hiking or Camping
  • Playing in the Park
  • Playing Outdoor Sports

Due to the cold, wet January weather, going outside for sun and exercise might not be feasible. Thankfully, vitamin D is available through foods and vitamins.

Other Methods of Obtaining Vitamin D:

  • Over-the-Counter Supplements
  • Fish
  • Egg Yolk
  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Fortified Dairy Products

Schedule an Appointment with Your Waco Dentist

Regular checkups and cleanings are just as important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums as a little time in the sun. To ensure a beautiful smile, make an appointment with Dr. Corbet Locke today by calling our Waco dental office at (254) 776-4888. We welcome patients from Waco, Woodway, McGregor, Hewitt, and surrounding communities.