Vitamin D for a Healthy Smile

Woman Taking Dietary SupplementYou may already know how important it is to get enough vitamin D, for your mental and physical health. Did you know that vitamin D is important for your oral health as well?

Why Is Vitamin D Important?

A lack of vitamin D can lead to frequent illness, illness and wounds taking longer to recover from than they should, depression, muscle and bone pain, and fatigue. It is also important for healthy bones! This is one way that getting enough vitamin D helps with your oral health – if you are planning on getting a dental implant (or if you already have one), vitamin D helps to ensure that your jawbone is healthy enough to support it.

There are many benefits to getting a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. It will look just like a real tooth, and no one will even be able to tell that you have one. It will feel just like a real tooth, and all you have to do is care for it as you do your other teeth.

An implant is made up of a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone. An abutment is placed on this post, and the new tooth fits on top of that. You need to have a strong jawbone so that the bone and the post can successfully fuse together and the post can act as the “roots” for your new tooth.

Vitamin D can help you to have healthy bone for your implant, but it can also mean a faster recovery from the implant procedure and a decreased risk of complications.

How Do We Get Vitamin D?

Luckily, it is pretty easy to get enough vitamin D. You can find it in dairy products and fatty fish, but you can also take a supplement. Even going outside can increase your vitamin D, as sunlight is a great source.

Are you thinking about getting a dental implant? The health of your jawbone is just one factor to consider. The staff at the office of Samuel Jirik, DDS, Implant, Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Cabot, Arkansas, can help you decide if a dental implant is right for you. Call (501) 843-9561 for a consultation today!

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