It has also on the other hand been proven to have extreme negative effects on teeth, causing ailments like dental Fluorosis. Recent reports on the other hand have re-affirmed that benefits of Vitamin D in protecting against tooth decay far exceed that of fluoride without actually having any of the negative effects of fluoride.
As reported by the Vitamin D Council:
“There were also several studies reported on vitamin D and dental hospitals caries in the 1920s and 1930s. May Mellanby and coworkers in Sheffield, England, did studies on the role of vitamin D on teeth in the 1920s. The first experiments were with dogs, where it was found that vitamin D stimulated the calcification of teeth. Subsequently, they studied the effect of vitamin D on dental caries in children, finding a beneficial effect.”
Studies suggest that Vitamin D helps in Calcium metabolism while also inducing an antimicrobial peptide which guards against oral bacteria that are one of the major causes of tooth decay. Studies even suggest that Vitamin D is a better and safer option than using fluoride to reduce cavities.
According to the Vitamin D Council:
“Use of vitamin D appears to be a better option for reducing dental implants caries than fluoridation of community water supplies, as there are many additional health benefits of vitamin D and a number of adverse effects of water fluoridation such as fluorosis (mottling) of teeth and bones.”
In an article titled ‘Vitamin D is better than Fluoride in Reducing Cavities’, Dr. Mercola suggests that the lack of Vitamin D can not only cause tooth decay but also a host of other gum diseases. He points out the risks that such a deficiency can cause. He states, “… gum disease increases your risk of several other serious diseases, including, pneumonia, lung disease, diabetes and stroke—and vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to an increased risk of all of these conditions! This is a beautiful illustration of the interdependency between seemingly disparate systems within your body.”
Sources of Vitamin D
The best source of Vitamin D is sunlight. Dr. Mercola points out, “getting about 15 to 20 minutes of sun exposure a day, with at least 40 percent of your skin exposed will boost the vitamin levels above 40 ng/ml for many”
Other sources for obtaining Vitamin D from food-stuff are: Cod-liver oil, soya-beans and tofu, fish, eggs, fortified cereals and milk products. Not only are the benefits of Vitamin D related to the above-mentioned points, Vitamin D also helps protect against osteoporosis and even decrease the risks of cancer.
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