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How Sunlight Affects Teeth

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Did you know that catching a few rays of sunshine could have a positive effect on your teeth? It might seem like a strange connection to make, but we’ll break down how it works below.

Nutrients That Help Your Teeth

Like any part of your body, your teeth depend on vitamins and minerals in order to stay strong and healthy. A few vitamins and minerals that are especially important for your teeth are calcium, zinc, phosphorus, and vitamin D. While all of these can be found in a variety of different foods, the most effective way to get your vitamin D is through your skin—which is where sunlight comes in!

How to Get the Right Amount of Sunlight on Your Skin

It’s important to get your vitamin D responsibly—lying out in the sun until you get a burn won’t help protect your body or your teeth! Experts recommend you only need 10-15 minutes of direct sun exposure a day to get your daily dose of vitamin D. Anything longer, wear sunscreen to protect yourself from skin cancer. If you can get your sunlight earlier in the morning, before the rays get really strong, that’s even better for your whole body.

Other Ways to Get Vitamin D

If you can’t catch some sunrays, another way to get vitamin D is through dairy products. Milk, cheese, and yogurt are all rich in teeth-strengthening calcium and vitamin D. Other foods that are rich in vitamin D include eggs and fatty fish, like tuna and sardines.

At-Home Preventive Oral Care

Even if you are getting all of your vitamins and minerals through sunlight and a balanced diet, remember that it’s important to make sure that you are also brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing every day to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. Seeing a dentist twice a year will also help ensure optimal oral health. We invite you to visit us here at Amber Hills Dental. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!