Sunlight Is Good For Your Teeth!
We all know that sun exposure can benefit our overall health by elevating our mood and increasing vitamin D levels. But can sunlight also be good for oral health?
While this may seem like a strange question to ask, experts want you to know that your dentist is not that far off, because the benefits of sunlight, especially the added dose of vitamin D, can actually benefit your oral health.
Benefits of Sunlight and Vitamin D
Sunlight and vitamin D have numerous benefits. Studies have shown that sunlight in particular can help us sleep better, feel better, and even lose weight. But what really makes your dentist happy is the power of vitamin D we get from sunlight. Here are some ways vitamin D helps our teeth and bodies:
Stronger Teeth: Without vitamin D, our bodies cannot properly absorb calcium, and without calcium we cannot build strong bones or teeth. This makes both calcium and vitamin D an indispensable duo for the health of our smiles and bodies.
Less Caries: Stronger teeth mean less cavities, at least that was the thinking behind all the research examining the link between vitamin D and caries. The results of these studies show that those who take adequate amounts of vitamin D have a reduced risk of tooth decay. One study even found that getting enough vitamin D can reduce the risk of decay by 50%.
Better Immune System: Study after study shows a positive correlation between vitamin D and a stronger, more effective immune system. While this link between vitamin D and the immune system is complex and complex, there’s really only one thing you need to know. Vitamin D helps regulate and balance the immune system so it is prepared to fight germs.
Where to Get Vitamin D
The best way to get enough vitamin D is to go outside and sunbathe. However, this is not always an option. When the sun is out, supplement your vitamin D intake with the foods you eat, such as:
Oily fish such as salmon or tuna
Fortified cereal, orange juice, or yogurt
Most of us don’t get enough vitamin D, and when our levels are too low, our bodies suffer from osteoporosis, an increased risk of type 1 diabetes and even breast, colon or prostate cancer.
Take some time to enjoy the sun and get outside this summer. Aim for 5 to 30 minutes of sunlight each day, but make sure you know your limits. Recommended sun exposure varies with age, health history, skin tone, and other factors. If you will be outside for a long time, use sunscreen.
While vitamin D is a great way to help protect your teeth and body, it is no substitute for regular visits to your dentist. Be sure to schedule dental appointments every six months.