Vitamin D Helps Reduce Risk of Tooth Decay, New Study Finds

October 22, 2013 by Dr. Emanuel Layliev Blog, Dental News

It should come as no surprise to anyone that healthy eating and regular cleaning are good for our smiles. But even if you occasionally eat junk food and don’t brush after every meal, it is possible to keep your teeth in fine fettle. One way to do this is to get more vitamin D!

According to a study published in Nutrition Reviews, higher levels of vitamin D correlated with reduced tooth decay. In numerous clinical trials, the nutrient helped keep cavities at bay, reducing them by up to 50 percent. How can you get more of it in your body?

Actually, it’s already there. All you have to do is soak in the sun for 10 minutes a day and your body will naturally produce it.  But even if you don’t get out that much, it is possible to get the vitamin D you need with enriched whole milk. A couple of glass a day should do the trick. Fish and eggs are also good sources of the nutrient.

Because it is not found in many foods, some beverages are fortified with vitamin D.  Various juices and different types of milk, including soy, may contain a full daily serving of the healthy nutrient.

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