Whole milk has long been publicized as the most efficient way to get vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency can put you at risk for many diseases including diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and chronic kidney disease. Even recent research indicates that vitamin D deficiency may also be a risk factor for periodontal disease in adults and cavities in young children. So who is at risk for vitamin D deficiency and what can you do to avoid it for overall healthy bones, teeth and gums?
So What Does Vitamin D have to do with Gum Disease and Cavities?
Studies on Vitamin D indicate that it has the potential to reduce the severity and risk of gum disease by producing compounds ( defensins and cathelicidin) that have antimicrobial properties which reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. It can also reduce the enzymes directly associated with gum disease. [Read more…]