Various studies with children have shown that a balanced vitamin D intake can reduce tooth decay. Since vitamin D is formed in the skin with the help of sunlight, these results suggest that there is a link between the increasing incidence of tooth decay and the changing habits of children today. How can you protect yourself and your child from vitamin D deficiency and thus also from tooth decay?
For caries: check vitamin D
Vitamin D is responsible for many different functions in the human body – including healthy bones and teeth. If teeth are already diseased and struggling with caries, then it is high time to check vitamin D levels.
The body can easily produce vitamin D itself with the help of sunlight. But of course, the skin also has to get enough sun, which doesn’t work if you’re hardly outdoors or always want to protect your skin from the sun’s rays with sunscreen.
In many European countries, many people (including children) are spending less and less time outdoors. Lifestyle habits have increasingly evolved towards spending most of the time indoors – be it in the office or at home. A vitamin D deficiency is therefore widespread – and so are diseased teeth and in old age also diseased bones and many other diseases associated with a vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D deficiency and tooth decay
A publication by Dr. Philippe P. Hujoel, published in the journal Nutrition Reviews, shows that there is a clear link between vitamin D deficiency and tooth decay in children. dr For his work, Hujoel analyzed the results of 24 clinical trials conducted in the period from the early 1920s to the late 1980s with more than 3000 children.
All of these trials tested the effects of higher levels of vitamin D in children. For this purpose, the subjects were either exposed to artificial UV radiation, or were given vitamin D in the form of dietary supplements or as cod oil.
The results of these 24 studies were summarized by Dr. Hujoel together and brought to a common denominator.
My main goal was to summarize the datasets from the different studies and then take a fresh look at the topic of vitamin D and tooth decay.
he explained in a press release.
dr However, Hujoel of the University of Washington was not the first scientist to find that vitamin D can stop the spread of tooth decay. As early as the 1950s, the American Medical Association and the US National Research Council jointly concluded that vitamin D was indeed useful in reducing tooth decay.
However, this valuable knowledge about the positive effects of vitamin D on dental health never made it to the general public. Even dentists tend not to inform their patients that vitamin D benefits the teeth.
also, dr Michael Hollick, a professor of medicine at Boston University Medical Center, told the press that the University of Washington’s findings confirms the importance of vitamin D for dental health:
Children who are deficient in vitamin D usually have bad teeth, underdeveloped dentition, and are more prone to tooth decay.
Vitamin D for healthy bones and teeth
Especially expectant or young parents should be aware that vitamin D is essential for the health of their children. Vitamin D ensures that both teeth and bones are better supplied with minerals.
In addition, further studies indicate that vitamin D deficiency is associated with the development of many diseases. For example, vitamin D deficiency has been linked in various studies to breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and a higher risk of heart disease. A vitamin D deficiency should therefore be avoided at all costs.
Sufficient vitamin D supply
As already mentioned, sunlight is the natural source of vitamin D. However, if you don’t have time to get enough sun or if you live in a place where the sun doesn’t shine much (especially in winter), you still have alternatives to get enough vitamin D.
Especially in the months with little sunshine, the sunbed can also help to increase the vitamin D level in the body. New solariums now provide a balanced UVA/UVB mix. However, sunbeds should only be used in a targeted manner, and under no circumstances should they be overdone
In addition to the solarium, a full-spectrum lamp can also be used at home to produce more vitamin D in the body. However, you should ask the relevant light manufacturer for proof that vitamin D production is really activated with the help of their lamps.
You can also get some vitamin D from food. Mackerel, salmon, and egg yolk are foods high in vitamin D. When consuming fish, however, one should always ensure that it does not come from polluted waters.
Another way to provide the body with sufficient vitamin D is to take vitamin D3 capsules. In this way, you can supply the body with the amount of vitamin D3 it needs. Vitamin D3 capsules should be taken especially in the winter months. Vitamin D supplementation can be continued in the summer if you don’t spend much time outdoors or if you have very sensitive skin and you always need to use sunscreen.
Older people and pregnant women need more vitamin D
Older people should pay particular attention to their vitamin D supply, as vitamin D formation in the skin decreases with age. Pregnant and breastfeeding women also have an increased vitamin D requirement. If staying in the sun is not possible in this phase of life, nutritional supplementation with vitamin D3 capsules should be discussed with a therapist. Since often not even sunbathing noticeably increases the vitamin D level, the vitamin D level should be checked first to be on the safe side.
Find holistic dentists
At the German Society for Environmental Dental Medicine (DEGUZ) or at the International Society for Holistic Dentistry e. V. (GZM) you can find a holistically oriented dentist who can help you with tooth decay or other problems.