Many of us may not be aware of the fact that Vitamin D deficiency and teeth problems are very closely related. Although teeth are not the same as bones, both are made of the same kind of tissues. Teeth and bones can be affected for the same reasons. One important reason that leads to the weakening of the bones and teeth is insufficient exposure to sunlight, which can lead to decrease in the Vitamin D levels in the body.
While Vitamin D – tooth decay are closely related, certain conditions caused by weakening of the bones like rickets and a condition known as osteomalacia can often lead to problems with your teeth as well. Most of you may know that the top layer of the human tooth known as the crown is made up of enamel, which is quite hard; in fact, it is the hardest substance in the body. However, even the hardest substance in the body can be affected by vitamin D deficient tooth enamel erosion.
Tooth enamel is made up of calcium phosphate, which is what gives the enamel the property of hardness. Did you know that more children are affected by tooth decay than by any other chronic infectious diseases in the United States? This can be quite shocking to some; however, this cannot be ignored as it can cause severe pain and also cause infections leading to difficulty in eating and swallowing. Some kids find it difficult to speak and develop learning difficulties as well, all because of an untreated tooth, which can lead to serious conditions like Gingivitis and Periodontitis.
It’s not just the kids who are affected. More than 33% of the adults in the United States suffer from tooth decay, and shockingly they do not seek treatment in time, leading to loss of precious teeth. Insufficient levels of Vitamin D and tooth sensitivity are also closely related, and it pays to heed this warning signal when there is still time. The moment you sense sensitivity in your teeth, you need to visit your dentist instead of trying to shrug it off as a temporary phenomenon, or worse still, trying self-medication to kill the sensitivity and pain.
Again, Vitamin D deficiency and gum problems are closely related and insufficient levels of Vitamin D can affect the underlying bone and cause the tissue in the gums to weaken and get severely infected. Once infection sets in, it creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to multiply in your mouth, leading to a host of oral problems. However, there is no need to panic. If you are living in the Carrolton or Grapevine area, you can immediately contact Dr. Vadivel T Kumar, DDS, FDS, RCS, MS, who is a board certified Periodontist. Look up his website at www.implantsgumcare.com and find the exact location. However, you can also call any of his assistants at 817-756-8578 if you would like more details, or if you would like to fix an appointment to meet Dr. Kumar at his office for a consultation and treatment.
While you are there, take advantage of the FREE consultation offer (worth $200) and a FREE 3D CAT (computerized auxiliary tomography) scan (worth $700) just to make sure there is no serious problem in your gums or underlying bone. Detecting the onset of bone erosion and tooth decay well in advance helps the dentist to give the appropriate treatment that not only gives immense relief from the severe pain but also helps prevent loss of precious teeth.
There is a strong reason why you should get more of natural sunlight, which enhances the Vitamin D levels in the body. Research conducted by Gill Diamond of New Jersey Dental School, Newark has proved that vitamin D induces the lung cells to generate a natural antibiotic that helps kill bacteria present in the gums and teeth. The research also proved that vitamin D has an important role in fighting infection in the gums and teeth.
While eating Vitamin D-rich foods is a good alternative, sunlight is a very rich natural source of vitamin D, and what’s more is, it is absolutely free. Exposing your skin to a couple of hours of sunlight should be more than sufficient. Even taking the prescribed vitamin D supplements may not be sufficient, unless there is enough exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D and sunlight are closely connected; your dental health depends on optimum levels of vitamin D in your body. What’s more is apart from ensuring good dental health, vitamin D through exposure to sunlight helps reduce the risk of contracting colon cancer and offers relief from depression. The risk factors of diabetes are also reduced through exposure to sunlight and the subsequent enhancement of vitamin D levels in the body. Step out, get a healthy dose of sunlight and remain healthy.