How does vitamin D affect teeth health?

How does vitamin D affect teeth health?
Jul 6, 2017

The most annoying pain in the world has to be sensitive teeth. Hot? Cold? It doesn’t matter what I have, my mouth can’t handle it. While sugary foods can be part of the problem, so can a lack of vitamin D.

Tooth enamel (the barrier protecting your teeth) is mainly made up of calcium and phosphate, and vitamin D plays an important role by increasing the absorption of the calcium and phosphate from foods. By taking vitamin D, you keep your enamel strong and help fight the bacteria responsible for dental caries among other dental health issues.[1] Vitamin D also plays an important preventative role for expecting mothers. For children under the age of three, early childhood caries (ECC), an infectious condition also known as bottle rot, is when there are one or more decayed, missing, or filled tooth surfaces in a child’s mouth.[2]

A study published by The American Academy of Pediatrics looked at the potential of children in their first year to develop ECC. After examining 207 expecting mothers, the study found that the higher vitamin D levels you had during pregnancy, the less likely your child was to develop ECC.[3]

Dental caries and vitamin D deficiency go hand-in-hand. Just like vitamin D deficiency, you are more likely to develop dental caries during the late winter and early spring, when people are more likely to be low in vitamin D.[4]

According to the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), a good way to help your teeth with vitamin D and avoid dental caries is to integrate vitamin D, vitamin C, and niacin into your daily supplements, as well as to practice good dental care.[5]

At the end of the day, the best way to help your teeth is to make sure you get the right vitamins for your enamel, and to keep brushing (just not too hard)! Why not keep your Ddrops next to your toothbrush to help remind you to take your Ddrops?



About the author:

Samantha Gorys | Ddrops

Samantha is a marketer with a personal interest in all things health & living a healthy lifestyle. Coming from a research background, she enjoys breaking down complicated topics into light-hearted posts, throwing in a corny joke or two for enjoyable reading.

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