Experience the difference by Dr. Sheta

Vitamin D, known as the Sunshine Vitamin, is widely recognized as a key nutrient for overall health and wellness. It improves our mood, boosts our immune systems, keeps our brains sharp and our bones healthy. But research now shows that Vitamin D’s benefits extend directly to our teeth.

Calcium, as we know, is vital to strong, healthy teeth. But it’s Vitamin D that makes the calcium actually work. When levels of Vitamin D are low, the body siphons the nutrient from the teeth and bones, using it to fuel other vital areas like the muscles. This leaves the teeth and gums more vulnerable to disease and decay. But when Vitamin D levels are high, the nutrient activates the calcium, fortifying the teeth.

In fact, one study, focused on children, found that those with high levels of Vitamin D experienced 50 percent less tooth decay than those with low levels of the nutrient. Vitamin D also plays a significant role in adult oral and overall health, especially as we age and our bones need even more calcium to stay strong.

So, what does this mean? Get out in the sunshine! The National Institutes of Health recommend 10 minutes of direct, midday sun exposure each day. Skip the sun-screen for those few minutes to fully absorb the nutrients. Eat foods that are high in Vitamin D, like eggs and fish, and take supplements for an extra boost. You will look, feel and actually be more healthy as a result. And if you'd like a brighter, whiter smile to go with your glow, schedule a whitening alongside your Summer cleaning. It's the quick, easy and inexpensive Summer makeover.