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Is Sun Good for Your Smile?

July 13, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmarchese @ 1:48 am

Woman enjoying sun after seeing dentist in Lisle.You know your oral hygiene habits at home, a balanced diet, and routine care from your dentist in Lisle are essential for a healthy smile, but did you know the sun is equally important? Sunlight is a vital source of vitamin D, which is necessary to ensure your body functions properly; however, it also influences your smile. Although the sun is an abundant source of the vitamin, 41% of Americans are deficient. Here’s why you might want to spend more time soaking up the sun this summer to keep your mouth and body healthy.

Vitamin D and Your Smile

Research shows at least 1 billion people around the world are deficient in vitamin D. As a result, it’s normal to question what consequences low levels of the vitamin can have on your smile. Researchers recently studied the connection between lack of sunlight and gum disease to learn more about the role of vitamin D has in maintaining oral health.

Gum disease is an infection that occurs in the gingival tissue from bacteria found in plaque and tartar buildup. Although it can be prevented with the right oral hygiene habits and care from a dentist, at least 50% of Americans have a form of it, making it the leading cause of tooth loss.

Vitamin D is essential for a healthy immune system because it helps trigger infection-fighting cells to ensure a quick response time. A strong immune system also supports your dental health by keeping infections at bay. Adequate levels of vitamin D can help fight the bad bacteria in your mouth that are responsible for gum disease.

With your mouth is the gateway to your general health, it’s an overall investment in your wellbeing. Gum disease is linked to increasing your risk of several health issues, like cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, and even Alzheimer’s disease. By getting enough vitamin D this summer, you can ward off gum disease for a healthy mouth and body.

Enjoy the Summer Sun Today

As the temperatures outside heat up, it’s the perfect time to soak up vitamin D; however, you still need to protect your skin. It’s best to wear sunscreen, especially if you’re going to be in the sun for a while. Don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This will also help cleanse your teeth in between brushing and flossing to further invest in a healthy smile.

While you enjoy the summer months, don’t forget to take the time to see your dentist for a cleaning and checkup. They will ensure your smile is as bright as the summer sun while also detecting issues that might lead to an unplanned trip to your dentist, like gum disease. With the right care, you can ensure your smile lasts for a lifetime.

About Dr. Frank Marchese

Dr. Frank Marchese has transformed smiles for over 30 years. As a lifelong learner, he remains well-versed in the latest treatments and techniques to provide modern dental care through a focus on prevention. If it’s time for your next cleaning and checkup, contact our office today to schedule your visit.


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