When most people think of summer, they also envision fun and smiling, especially children and teachers who have the season off from studying and schoolwork. When many scientists think of summer and sunshine, they also think of smiling, though for different reasons. Studies suggest that vitamin D—a biological byproduct of direct sunlight exposure—can actually improve the state of your dental health, and that healthy amounts of the summer sun can help your smile shine even brighter.
The Importance of Vitamin D
Vitamin D’s role in your overall health is well-known; it helps your body absorb calcium and phosphate, which are vital to building and maintaining strong bones and teeth. In the case of your dental health, calcium and phosphate are the main building blocks of your teeth and the enamel that surrounds and protects them. By maintaining a healthy supply of the minerals, and the vitamin D that you need to absorb and utilize them, you can help boost the strength and natural protection of your teeth and oral structures.
Sunshine and Smiling
Though vitamin D and other dental health nutrients can be found in most healthy foods, like fruits and green leafy vegetables, sunlight is one of the most common and effective sources. When your skin is exposed to sunlight, the minor radiation stimulates the production of vitamin D within your body. To reduce the risk of sun damage, Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron recommend using an appropriate amount of sunscreen while enjoying the summer weather (if you aren’t sure of what the appropriate amount is, speak with your and your children’s physician).
Boost Your Smile’s Confidence
Keeping your smile healthy is one of the best ways to keep it bright and beautiful, and while vitamin D might help, it takes more than sunshine to fight the issues that could affect your dental health. Besides brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice every day, be sure to visit Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron as soon as possible if you haven’t had your dental checkup and cleaning in a while.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE COSMETIC DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.