You Need Sufficient Vitamin D To Support Your Tooth & Gum Health*
You know the drill when it comes to dental hygiene: Brush twice a day, make sure to floss, and don't miss your annual checkups. But what if I told you that getting your vitamins is just as important for strong and healthy teeth? In fact, research shows getting enough vitamin D is a key factor in determining your oral health.* Surprised? I'll explain.
What vitamin D does for your teeth
Promotes strong teeth
Similar to bones and cartilage, teeth are mineralized organs, and minerals (specifically, calcium and phosphate) are utilized to strengthen enamel through a process called tooth mineralization. Similar to its role in supporting strong and healthy bones, vitamin D is involved in proper tooth mineralization.* The essential fat-soluble micronutrient helps the body absorb calcium and phosphate, which are vital for building and maintaining strong teeth and aid in the regulation of enamel2 and dentin3 formation.*
Interestingly, the relationship between vitamin D and calcium plus phosphate is a symbiotic one. While D helps with the absorption of these minerals, the vitamin D signaling pathways also require sufficient levels of calcium and phosphate in the tooth cells to promote proper mineralization of teeth4.* This fact underscores the importance of achieving nutritional sufficiency for all the essential vitamins and minerals.
Maintains periodontal health
Supports the immune response in our mouth
As mentioned, vitamin D has anti-inflammatory properties, which help support the oral immune response.* Additionally, this essential vitamin has the ability to stimulate antimicrobial peptide production8, which is a critical tool in our adaptive immune response.* All in all, vitamin D is not a bad player to have on your immune defense team.*
Vitamin D and oral health
It's clear that vitamin D plays an important role in maintaining the health of our teeth and gums.* In addition to the research on how D helps keep our pearly whites healthy, many clinical trials have also explored the use of oral vitamin D supplementation to promote oral health.*
It turns out vitamin D supplementation has been shown to support:
For optimal oral health, consider adding a high-quality vitamin D supplement like mindbodygreen's vitamin D3 potency+ to your dental hygiene routine.* vitamin D3 potency+ is a high-potency daily supplement featuring sustainable, organic algal D3 with built-in absorption technology via three organic oils. At 5,000 IU of D3 per serving (in just one gelcap), this premium supplement helps you achieve and maintain vitamin D sufficiency so D can do its job in supporting oral and whole-body health.*
Morgan Chamberlain is a supplement editor at mindbodygreen. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in magazine journalism and a minor in nutrition. Chamberlain believes in taking small steps to improve your well-being—whether that means eating more plant-based foods, checking in with a therapist weekly, or spending quality time with your closest friends. When she isn’t typing away furiously at her keyboard, you can find her cooking in the kitchen, hanging outside, or doing a vinyasa flow.