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Is Vitamin D Deficiency Hurting Your Teeth?

added on: July 18, 2022
All About Smiles in Wilmington

Vitamin D is one of the most important things our body needs to thrive and operate at an optimal level, your Wilmington biological and holistic dentist knows this best. However, vitamin D can be challenging to regulate. What does that mean for you and your oral health? Let’s take a look!

Are You at Risk?

What’s your best guess about the biggest way your body can absorb vitamin D? It’s actually from the foods you eat each day. It’s essential to eat various foods rich in vitamins and minerals. Foods that are particularly rich in vitamin D tend to include:

  • Cod liver oil
  • Salmon
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna fish
  • Fortified orange juice
  • Fortified dairy and plant milk
  • Sardines
  • Beef liver

Note what kind of diet you follow and adjust to add more vitamin D when possible. Your Wilmington biological and holistic dentist can tell you that it’s easy to become deficient with several possibilities. Carrying extra weight, not getting enough interaction with sunlight, skin tone, and digestive issues are also common contributors. 

How Will I Feel Without Enough Vitamin D?

As we all know, everyone’s body and smile are different. It’s not easy to say how you’ll feel due to a lack of vitamin D. It’s best to speak with your primary care physician and Wilmington dentist. Let’s explore more.

Not Enough Calcium?

Unfortunately, lack of vitamin D makes your body have a hard time regulating calcium levels, which means your teeth can suffer. This is a huge deal to parents of young children but also important for aging folks. It’s been shown that low vitamin D and calcium levels can lead to a loss of bone density, contributing to osteoporosis and fractures or broken bones. Severe cases of vitamin D deficiency in children can also lead to a condition called rickets, which causes bones to become brittle and soft. 

Tummy Troubles?

The American Journal of Gastroenterology conducted a study of patients who have irritable bowel disorders (IBD). They found that 30% of these patients did not have adequate vitamin D levels in their bodies and that they required more intense treatment with medications and more frequent doctor visits.

Breathing Issues?

Because vitamin D is very good at reducing inflammation, it’s essential for someone who struggles with asthma to maintain proper levels to help combat a clogged airway. A 2014 study found that children with asthma are particularly prone to vitamin D deficiency.

Are you ready to schedule a visit with the friendly, caring team at our biological and holistic dental office in Wilmington? Then make today the day you call 302) 239-1641. Drs. Lewis Yu and Grace Liu are available to help you feel your very best!

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