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What Happens to Your Teeth When Your Diet Lacks Vitamin D?

Posted on 12/15/2018 by Rho Family Dentistry
What Happens to Your Teeth When Your Diet Lacks Vitamin D?Most of us understand that calcium is vital for building strong bones and teeth. What we don't know, however, is that vitamin D is just as important.

It helps our bodies regulate how calcium is absorbed for optimal teeth and bone development. All kinds of complications can arise from a vitamin D deficiency. Let's examine some of them.

Periodontal Disease

The connection between vitamin D and periodontal disease is becoming more and more evident to researchers. It is essential for keeping your teeth anchored to their sockets because of the way it regulates the flow of calcium since it is always in a state of movement within the body.

As calcium is extracted from bones and teeth to compensate for low levels within our bodies, the levels usually decrease gradually if there is a deficiency of vitamin D to reverse the process. The bones and teeth become weakened and susceptible to fractures as a result. If untreated, this will usually lead to redness, bleeding and ultimately tooth loss.


Vitamin D seems to be a controller of not just the flow of calcium, but also genes that control the activation of periodontal disease and a host of other inflammation-related complications such as gingivitis.

Dental Caries

Vitamin D stimulates the production of cathelicidin and defensins that have antimicrobial properties and thereby can help in reducing the number of bacteria in the oral cavity. The absence of these compounds increases the risk of developing dental carries which is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in both adults and children.

As can be concluded from the information above, it is important to ensure that you have optimal levels of vitamin D within the body by getting adequate exposure to sunlight, and making the necessary dietary adjustments. Visit our clinic for a comprehensive examination of the state of your oral health today.

Jeffrey J. Rho, DDS

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