We hear a lot about how certain vitamins and nutrients affect our bodies. But what about our mouths? Most of what we hear in regard to our mouths is to avoid sugary foods and to practice good homecare. But are their certain vitamins we should be looking for to give our oral health a boost? Below, your Las Vegas dentist, Dr. Deborha Staten, discusses recent findings about what vitamin D may be able to do for your mouth.
Vitamin D Fights Cavities?
According to recent research, taking vitamin D may help to prevent tooth decay. Results from trials spanning more than sixty years indicate that people with higher levels of vitamin D suffer from 50 percent less tooth decay. However, these results have been met with resistance by other researchers owing to the dated nature of the information. Thus, the official position toward the cavity-fighting power of vitamin D is undecided. It does, however, seem promising.
Where to Find Vitamin D
Although, it remains uncertain whether or not vitamin D will make an impact in fighting cavities, getting a good supply of the vitamin certainly will not hurt. If you’re looking to add vitamin D to your diet, try to incorporate liver oils, salmon, and tuna into your diet. You may also consider taking a vitamin D supplement. Also, sunlight encourages the synthesis of vitamin D, so getting outside can help as well. Just be sure to wear sunscreen for your protection.
Preventive Care and Tooth Decay
In addition to your diet, proper homecare and regular dental visits can keep your teeth free of decay. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Dental cleanings should occur with regularity every six months.
Schedule a Visit with Your Las Vegas Dentist
Have six months passed since your last dental visit? Contact your Las Vegas dentist, Dr. Staten, today by calling our 89148 dental office at 702-736-7979. We welcome adults, children, professionals, and families from Las Vegas, Siena Hills, Southwest Las Vegas, Summerlin, Rhodes Ranch, Spanish Trail, Siena, and surrounding communities.