Sun’s Out, Gums Out: How Sunshine Benefits Oral Health
added on: July 22, 2020
We’re heading into the dog days of summer, which typically means really hot days and a lot of sunshine. This can be great for enjoying some time in the pool, on the lake, or at the beach, but your dentist in Cleona wants you to know that all of this sun can also be great for your oral and overall health thanks to the extra boost of vitamin D.
The Power of Vitamin D
The sun is a pretty powerful thing — it helps us grow food, it keeps us warm, and it prevents the planet from turning into a giant ice ball. But the sun’s benefits run even deeper. In fact, we have the sun to thank for helping our bodies stay happy and healthy thanks to a little thing called vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that helps our overall and oral health in so many ways, such as:
Calcium Absorption – We all know that calcium is needed to help build strong bones and teeth. But your dentist in Cleona also knows that without vitamin D, the benefits of calcium don’t go as far. Calcium needs vitamin D in order to absorb properly and completely, and in order for your body to get all of the benefits of calcium.
Protection Against Tooth Decay – Similarly to the above, several studies also suggest a positive correlation between vitamin D and the prevention of tooth decay. Researchers have even shown that vitamin D can lower the risk of tooth decay by 50%!
Immune System Support – Vitamin D can also help support the immune system and help it function properly. While this connection is complex, there is proof that vitamin D helps regulate and balance the immune system to protect us from germs, viruses, and infections.
The best way to get vitamin D is through some good old fashioned sunshine. But as we all know, too much sun can have negative effects, such as a painful sunburn and an increased risk for skin cancer. Enjoy sunlight in moderation and know your limits. Most researchers agree that anywhere between 5 and 30 minutes of sunshine a day is all it takes to get enough vitamin D.
Good Sources of Vitamin D
Getting enough vitamin D can be difficult, especially during winter months or over several days of dreary, rainy weather. When the sun isn’t an option, you can get your vitamin D by choosing foods that contain it. Some foods that are good sources of vitamin D are:
Fatty fish such as salmon or tuna
Fortified cereal, orange juice, or yogurt
Knowing all of the benefits associated with sunshine and vitamin D, trust your dentist in Cleona when they say to get outside, enjoy the weather, and soak up some rays. Just make sure you limit your exposure to direct sunlight and wear sunscreen if you’ll be outside for an extended period of time.
Accepting new patients from Cleona, Lebanon, and nearby areas.
While many things have changed over the last couple of months, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
That's why our staff is taking every precaution to make this office as safe as possible for our patients. You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment including:
Our office will communicate with you before your appointment to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
When you arrive for your appointment, don't enter the office. Call us and an escort will come down to take your temperature, ask you COVID-19 screening questions, and then walk you to the office.
If your temperature is over 100.4 we will need to reschedule your appointment.
We are only allowing the actual patient to come up to the office unless you are a child under the age of 18 (then one parent will need to come to the appointment), or a patient that needs assistance (then one caregiver may come to appointment).
We ask that a mask be worn to all appointments to keep other patients and our staff safe in the spreading of COVID-19.
Please use the provided hand sanitizer when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys, and so forth since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients.
We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.