Richmond Dentist Explores Reasons for Vitamin D Deficiency

Jan 14th, 2013 | By | Category: Family Dentistry, Nutrition

Oral HealthThe proper fuel, in whatever form it may be, is necessary for anything to function properly. For instance, there are two nozzles at a typical gas pump, but if you choose the wrong one, your vehicle is not likely to leave its spot. Likewise, you can eat as many times a day as you want, but without the right cocktail of minerals and nutrients, your body and its various components, including your mouth, can suffer the consequences. To help you ensure your mouth’s good health, Richmond dentist, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu, describes reasons why you may not get enough of a vital nutrient—vitamin D.

Why Your Mouth Needs Vitamin D

Commonly known as the sunshine vitamin, there are two reasons why vitamin D is essential to your oral health. The first involves its relationship to calcium, which helps keep your jawbone strong enough to support your teeth and reinforces tooth enamel against cavities. Unfortunately, you do not produce calcium naturally, and vitamin D is required for your body to absorb and metabolize it. According to numerous studies, the vitamin also produces a powerful peptide that helps fight the oral bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease.

Reasons Behind Vitamin D Deficiency

Not enough sunlight

Your skin produces vitamin D when it is stimulated by sunlight. If you live in northern climes or your work environment deprives you of sun exposure, you may be at risk for vitamin D deficiency.

Not enough vitamin D in your diet.

Most dietary sources of vitamin D are meat and dairy based, including fish, egg yolks, cheese, milk, beef, and others. If you follow a strict vegetarian diet, you may not absorb enough vitamin D to sustain your body’s needs.

Kidney or digestive tract troubles.

You kidneys convert vitamin D into the active form needed to benefit your body, and your intestines absorb it. As you age, your kidneys become less adept at converting enough of the vitamin, and certain medical conditions like Crohn’s disease can inhibit your digestive tract’s ability to absorb it.

Improved Oral Health in Richmond

If you believe your teeth and gums may be at risk because of a vitamin D deficiency, or to learn more about optimizing your oral health, schedule a consultation with Dr. Moiceanu at our Richmond, CA dentist office by calling 510-758-7222. Located in Richmond, we proudly serve families from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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