The sun rules the summer. When people think of the hotter months, they think of barbeques, beaches, pools, and boardwalks bathed in the light of this star nearest to Earth. While sunscreen and SPF lip balm are essential to have a good time outdoors, a little exposure to solar rays can have real health benefits for the whole body. Along with regular exams and cleanings, it can do wonders for a healthy smile. Read on to learn about how the sun can help keep your smile reflecting its rays to everyone around you.
How Vitamin D Helps Your Body
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that performs some crucial services for the body. It improves the immune system’s response time by helping activate cells that fight infection. It also allows the body to absorb calcium properly and completely, which is an essential component of strong bones and teeth. The best way for the body to produce vitamin D is by absorbing sunlight. An estimated one billion people on Earth are afflicted with vitamin D deficiency. Lacking this key nutrient puts these people at greater risk for gum disease.
How Gum Disease Hurts Your Teeth
People lacking enough vitamin D are at greater risk of developing gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums resulting from infection. Because the body cannot respond as effectively, the disease can progress to the point of causing tooth loss or secondary infections in other parts of the body.
How To Make the Sun Work for Your Smile
Somewhere between five and thirty minutes of sun exposure a day is sufficient to get your needed dose of this key nutrient. The body, now better able to absorb calcium, will mineralize the bones and teeth. This will help keep your teeth strong while lowering your risk of gum disease at the same time.
The sun doesn’t just produce the light that makes your teeth visible. It also helps you get the nutrients you need to keep them healthy, so enjoy your time outside, be sure to wear your sunscreen, and make the most of your summer vacation.
About the Author
Dr. Renee Corbitt earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School in 1986. She is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and the American Headache Society. Her practice provides services including exams, cleanings, pediatric dentistry, TMJ therapy, and sleep apnea therapy. To learn more about how vitamin D is good for your teeth, contact her online or dial (817) 294-8821.