Vitamin D is often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” because of our ability to synthesize the vitamin when ultraviolet B rays stimulate the skin. Its purposes are diverse, but vitamin D’s importance is clear; numerous reports have shown that vitamin D deficiency is associated with many illnesses, including some cancers, inflammatory diseases, and poor periodontal health. To help highlight this importance, Encinitas periodontist Dr. Ann Kania explores vitamin D’s benefits to your oral health.
Periodontal Benefits of Vitamin D
One of vitamin D’s most beneficial properties to your physical health is the role that it plays in helping to mediate bone health. While keeping your jawbone strong is essential to maintaining your dental health, emerging research also suggests that the vitamin may also serve as an effective anti-inflammatory agent. Inflammation is the mechanism by which your immune system fights off unwanted biological invaders. It is also the mechanism that oral bacteria utilize to progress the damage of periodontal disease, which attacks your supporting dental structures (i.e., periodontal tissue (gums), jawbone, etc.). Controlling inflammation with an adequate supply of vitamin D helps reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease, or increase your chances of successfully treating it.
Calcium’s Essential Companion
In the arena of your oral and overall health, vitamin D is also an essential side-kick to calcium. Known more for strengthening bones than anything else, calcium is also vital to your dental health because it helps your tooth enamel stay strong. Unfortunately, our bodies do not naturally produce calcium; it must be digested, and vitamin D is essential for your body to absorb the calcium. Luckily, vitamin D is often found in the same sources as calcium, including milk, cheese, and other dairy products.
Excellent Periodontal Health in Encinitas
To learn more about protecting or improving your periodontal health, contact Dr. Kania at our Encinitas periodontal care office by calling (706) 642-0711. We serve patients from Encinitas, San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, La Costa, and the neighboring communities.