Building blocks for better teeth
There is a very common sequence of events before your dental exam. At your last appointment, chances are you are told that you should brush your teeth and use better flossing. If this describes your last visit, do not worry, you are not alone. Many people do not stick to a strict oral hygiene and sugar reduction regime. They often tell the same story: life is busy, you have forgotten or you can not maintain your daily habit of flossing.
So while many people go frantically flossing before the dental appointment. Anyway, you know that your dentist will be able to know it. This can be a frustrating situation for the dentist and the patient, who will not experience the desired results and the improved dental health that should accompany each consultation.
But what happens if dental caries or bleeding gums are controlled by something other than just brushing the brush and controlling the sugar? Many people never follow the recommendations of brushing and cutting sugar, but have no dental problem. During this time, there are also people who brush, floss and eat well while having tooth problems.
It may seem a coincidence, but in reality, your nightly routine and your sugar reduction are not the only pieces of the puzzle of excellent dental health. For a clear dental checkup, you need to diet for healthy teeth (not just a low-sugar diet).
We have long believed that teeth are inanimate objects that we must polish and keep clean. A bit like a porcelain vase that requires constant surface maintenance. Well, teeth are not like porcelain vases. They are a functional part of your body. The way our body handles minerals is guided by calcium balance and the immune system, both balanced by vitamin D.
Vitamin D and dental health
Tooth decay and bleeding gums are the two most common measures of your teeth. Both are chronic diseases. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children and bleeding gums is the first sign of gum disease. Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory disorder. This is not only a sign of your gum health, but also of your intestinal health.
We focused on polishing our teeth to keep them clean and white, but we did not examine what is happening in the body and that can also affect dental health. Vitamin D plays a key role in promoting dental health and preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
Dental caries: Vitamin D and the dental immune system
Dental caries is not necessarily associated with good oral hygiene. Many traditional cultures never touched a toothbrush and had very few cavities. Vitamin D is one of the main factors in this regard. We know that vitamin D is absorbed by the body when the sun hits the skin.
Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones because it helps your digestive system absorb the calcium in your diet. Calcium is the raw material that, together with phosphorus, creates the bone structure that makes up tooth enamel. Under your enamel is the dentin. Dentin contains living cells that the body uses to protect the vital blood supply and nerves of your tooth.
Your dentin contains ‘guardian’ cells that lie at the edge of the enamel and release immune factors. They can repair damaged dentin, but only if there is enough vitamin D present. If your vitamin D level is low, your defense system does not have the fuel to protect and repair the infected teeth.
Bleeding Gums: Vitamin D, Oral Bacteria and Inflammation
Your dentist recommends oral hygiene to prevent gingivitis. Also called bleeding gums, gingivitis is a sign of inflammation.
Gingivitis is not just a sign of poor dental health; it is also a sign of an inflamed immune system. Your mouth is an extension of your intestinal microbiol, where 80% of the immune system is primed. As in the digestive tract, the mouth is an interaction between microbes and your own immune cells.Vitamin D plays a role in the management of the immune system. It controls how and what immune cells are formed.
Vitamin D deficiency
Vitamin D deficient children have a higher risk of tooth decay. This relationship is relative to both deficit and insufficiency. The standard blood test for vitamin D is the measurement of the level of 25 (OH) D in the blood.
For example, children considered to be deficient were the most exposed. And yet, children who were considered “deficient” in vitamin D had a relatively higher risk of tooth decay. If you or your child have ever had tooth decay, you should have your Vitamin D checked. For most, patients with tooth decay are between 20 and 40 ng / ml. You should aim to be between 60 and 80 ng / ml.
More studies are needed in these areas, but supplementation with vitamin D may reduce your risk of gum disease.
Manage your vitamin D levels
To keep your vitamin D levels high, there are simple changes in your lifestyle and diet:
Lifestyle: Get 30 minutes of natural light a day.
Remember to keep your face and arms exposed, otherwise your body will not convert vitamin D
Geography: above 37 degrees of latitude, sunlight will not convert to vitamin D in the skin
If you have digestive, immune or liver problems, this will have an impact on your vitamin D conversion.
Diet: 1 to 2 servings of vitamin D rich foods daily
Foods that strengthen teeth must be a rich source of dietary vitamin D3. These include: fatty fish, offal, eggs, butter, yoghurt, cheese (from animals raised on pasture)
Supplement: I always recommend diet as a long-term way of managing vitamin D; if you have a deficiency (less than 25 ng / ml), you should consult your health care professional about supplements. Remember that D3 should always be taken with enough vitamin K2.
A word from Very well
Vitamin D is one of the most important contributors to your dental health and reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. You can manage your vitamin D levels through your lifestyle and diet. Remember that eating for healthy teeth is eating for a healthy body. At your next appointment with the dentist or doctor, make sure you know your vitamin D level.