Vitamin D for Oral Health
Vitamin D is essential for oral health, healthy teeth and gums,
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps your body absorb calcium, an important component for building strong bones and teeth. You can obtain Vitamin D from food and from a hormone that your body can make when your skin is exposed to the sun.
Researchers have linked a vitamin D deficiency to two main oral health issues:
Tooth Decay. According to studies, vitamin D plays a key role in absorbing and retaining calcium and phosphorus for bone and tooth mineralization. When your vitamin D levels are unregulated, it weakens your teeth, making you highly susceptible to cavities, fractures, and decay.
Periodontitis. Research published in the Journal of Periodontal Research has linked lower vitamin D levels with an increased risk of periodontitis, possibly because of its connection to the immune system. Though it’s not fully understood, vitamin D seems to positively impact inflammation and mineralization effects on the tissue surrounding your teeth.
Vitamin D deficiencies can be caused by certain conditions such as obesity, Cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s and Celiac diseases. Some medications can also lower vitamin D levels including laxatives, cholesterol lowering drugs and steroids.