It seems regular exposure to vitamin D isn’t just valuable to overall health. New research has revealed that there is a link between a lack of sunlight and gum disease. So people can smile this summer knowing the sun is benefiting their gum health.
The Lowdown on Gums
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, the Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation explains the importance of getting that vitamin D boost. “Gum disease is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world and can lead to abscesses, the loosening of teeth and in some cases the removal of permanent teeth.” The first sign of something wrong with your gums is blood on your toothbrush. If your gums bleed when you are eating, ensure you visit us for a thorough exam of your gums and teeth.
Vitamin D Benefits
The research, published in the Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology Journal, reiterated the importance of vitamin D to general and oral health. About a sixth of the world’s population, or one billion people, have a vitamin D deficiency and almost all of our intake is through sunlight. Dr Carter urges people to get outside and smile this summer. “What could be a better and easier way of looking after your mouth than simply going out into the sun?”
Dr Carter restated the importance of topping up vitamin D levels safely, by using the appropriate factor sunscreen and protecting lips too. “Staying well hydrated by drinking plenty of water is also important and as a bonus this is good for your teeth too.” Although sunshine can make a positive difference to oral health, Dr Carter said it shouldn’t replace daily routines like brushing twice daily.
So enjoy your summer and spend it soaking up the sun’s exposure. That vitamin D boost may just be making your gums healthier. Just remember that some sun helps, but regular check-ups at the dentist are required to monitor your overall oral health.