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Vitamin D deficiency increases need of Dental Implant treatment

Thursday January 3rd, 2019, The Implant Studio

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Vitamin D is an essential part of any diet. Although we associate vitamin D with sunlight, it can also be found in many other ingredients which make up a healthy, balanced diet. Now, according to Schaeffer, co-founder and dental surgeon of The Implant Centre, says there are four signs in the teeth that could be a tell-tale sign of vitamin D deficiency.

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Speaking to the Express, Shaeffer commented: “The most obvious sign of vitamin D deficiency on the mouth is gum disease, and in more severe cases, dental implants. A very high proportion of cases of gum disease that we see are caused by vitamin D deficiency.”
It is very rare that you would be able to identify the deficiency in the teeth visually, but that may not mean that it isn’t present. Although you may only see it in patients who suffer from rickets, there are other ways you can recognise the symptoms, for example:

  • Bad breath – although it’s not a direct link to the deficiency, bad breath can indicate a lack of iron or zinc, as well as all-around bad oral health.
  • Vitamin D aids the absorption of calcium and phosphate in the teeth and bones. On from this, this could affect the strength of the bone and weaken the structure, causing inflamed gums.
  • Toothache and sensitive teeth are two other symptoms which are often accompanied by swollen gums and changes in gum texture.
  • In most serious cases, gum infections can occur and this is when you would need to seek professional help at your local dental practice as soon as possible.

How can we prevent vitamin D deficiency and tooth loss?

As mentioned earlier, vitamin D is most commonly found in sunlight but also in the below ingredients:

  • Egg Yolks
  • Fortified Cereals
  • Red Meat
  • Oily Fish

It’s important that, especially over the winter months where there is a decrease in sunlight, that adults and children get the recommended daily amounts of vitamin D to support growth and decrease the risk of gum disease and tooth loss in later life. Babies up to the age of one need the equivalent of 8.5 to 10 milligrams of vitamin D, daily, according to the NHS. On the other hand, children from one year old up to adults need 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day.

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