While regular brushing and flossing are crucial for good oral health, so is a healthy diet. You need a range of vitamins to help maintain healthy teeth and gums, and especially vitamin D.
Tooth Decay and Bleeding Gums
Tooth decay and bleeding gums are both chronic diseases and are unfortunately very common and can occur in people with a good daily oral care routine. One possible cause could be a lack of vitamin D, a vitamin that is absorbed in the body when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is needed for healthy teeth and bones, enabling your digestive system to absorb calcium. Calcium, along with phosphorus helps create stronger tooth enamel. Vitamin D is also crucial for maintaining a healthy immune system, helping to control which immune cells are formed. If you have low levels of vitamin D, your immune system is less able to protect and repair infected teeth and gums.
Getting Enough Vitamin D
One way to get enough vitamin D is to make sure your face and arms exposed to half an hour of natural sunlight each day. Otherwise, ensure your diet includes vitamin-rich foods such as organ meats, eggs, fatty fish, and butter, cheese and yoghurt. If you are especially worried about your vitamin D levels, discuss this with your GP at your next checkup.