General Dental Informtion

Role of vitamin D in teeth

role of vitamin d in teeth

Vitamin D is among the essential vitamins, and the human body can produce it adequately for its proper functioning. Recently, research has been carried out into the relationship between vitamin D and dental health. Therefore, revealing the role of vitamin D in dental health is of particular importance.

An efficient amount of vitamin D is required to absorb calcium in the body for the formation of strong bones and teeth. This vitamin facilitates the absorption of calcium from foods and drinks. Only about 10 to 15 percent of calcium is absorbed in vitamin D deficiency.

The latest research on the role of vitamin D in dental health

The majority of the tooth is made of calcium that is absorbed with the help of vitamin D. Bone problems are the main reason for periodontal disease (gum disease). Bones are weakened in vitamin D deficiency, and hence the teeth are not located correctly in their place, causing redness, bleeding, and inflammation of the gums. And if left untreated, it can result in tooth loss. Therefore, the role of vitamin D in dental health is well proven.

Vitamin D acts as an anti-inflammatory agent in the body. It is an essential stimulant in the immune system. A properly working immune system can reduce the likelihood of bacterial infection in the gums and other parts of the body.

Since vitamin D improves the immune system performance, it can be claimed that vitamin D plays a role in dental health and protects teeth, gums, and the mouth against bacteria.

Vitamin D deficiency can result in tooth decay and gum disease. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of the importance of this vitamin for their body and teeth.

In addition to weak teeth, vitamin D deficiency can increase the risk of infection, osteoporosis, and other health problems.

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How is dental health ensured with vitamin D?

Vitamin D is converted to its active form, calcitriol, in the body. This compound distributes in the body and helps grow the cells, fight infections, and reduce inflammation. Coping with infections causing gum diseases can benefit dental health and prevent tooth decay.

In short, calcium and vitamin D are crucial for general health and bone and teeth strength. Avoiding exposure to sunlight predisposes people to vitamin D deficiency. It is essential to be ensured of adequate vitamin D intake from the diet and supplements.

Besides, try to visit a dentist every six months and whenever you noticed a gum disease, as the dentist can help improve your oral health as much as possible.

Sources of vitamin D

Sunlight is the most common source of vitamin D. The rate of dental caries increases in the late winter and early spring due to low exposure to sunlight.

Unlike most vitamins, the body does not absorb vitamin D but produces it. This process is activated when you are exposed to sunlight. If you are vitamin D deficient, the doctor recommends you consume supplements. However, vitamin D produced by your body is more potent and can be used easier.

A dose of 1000 IU per day is recommended for adults and 400 IU per day for children. Vitamin D-rich foods are also suggested, such as milk, yogurt, salmon, orange juice, tuna, egg, and cheese.

Cholecalciferol or vitamin D3 is the recommended form. It is a natural form of vitamin D and is produced in the body after exposure to sunlight. Supplements are made from lamb wool fats.

Given what was explained about vitamin D’s role in dental health, try to expose your body to sunlight every day or consume supplements if necessary.

Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist
About Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist

Dr. Jamilian, an orthodontist, has a specialized fellowship in orthodontic surgery and maxillofacial abnormalities and is a full-time professor in the orthodontics department of the Dentistry School of the Islamic Azad University. He is member of Iranian and European Board of Orthodontics (EBO) and is a member of the Iranian, American and European Orthodontists Association.

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