During winter months, it gets dark earlier in the day and the cold weather keeps kids indoors for a longer duration of time. It is harder to get sun exposure during winter months. Sun exposure and supplements are the 2 main ways to get Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for proper calcium and phosphorus absorption. It is necessary for good bone health and preventing some chronic health conditions.
For breastfed infants, the American Association of Pediatricians recommends that exclusively/partially breastfed infants get a Vitamin D supplement 400 IU per day. When it comes to older adults, their skin does not synthesize vitamin D as quickly. Darker individuals do not absorb vitamin D as readily through sun exposure. And sunscreen reduces the absorption of Vitamin D. In summary 50% of the worldwide population has some Vitamin D Deficiency.
Vitamin D affects the health of bones, intestines, immune, Cardiovascular, brain, and muscle systems. And few foods offer a source of Vitamin D. One of the main ways to get enough vitamin D is supplementation. Cod liver oil is a good source of Vitamin D. And there are many forms of Vitamin D supplements (liquid, chewables or tablets).
Vitamin D absorption plays a critical role in the formation of healthy bones and strong teeth. And may contribute to a decrease in gum inflammation. Foods that contain Vitamin D include Salmon, Tuna, Tilapia, milk, orange juice, yogurt, hard-boiled egg, rice, and Almond milk.
An adequate level of vitamin D prevents conditions like rickets and osteomalacia. Rickets in children and Osteomalacia in adults is a softening of the bones in children and young adults that can lead to fractures. A balanced intake of nutrients helps preserve overall health and wellness of the mouth as well as the rest of the body.
At Museum Smiles Dentistry, we evaluate your teeth at each exam to develop a comprehensive plan for maintaining a healthy mouth. We proudly serve patients from Arlington, Keller, and Fort Worth Areas.