It may be a rainy Monday morning but it seems like the recent heatwave may have had a positive effect on our oral health. The benefit comes from Vitamin D which is naturally produced in the body and is increased on exposure to sunlight. A review of 24 studies spanning 60 years has revealed that Vitamin D may help prevent tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease.
Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, said: “We have just been through a long, cold winter, which could mean many people are suffering from a vitamin D deficiency. Add to this the increasing number of children with tooth decay, and it suddenly it doesn’t seem as frivolous.”
‘Teeth aren’t exactly bones, but they have the same problems if they’re not strong enough. The same applies to your gums. If they are inflamed or swollen, you’re more likely to suffer from severe gum disease, the largest cause of tooth loss.”
He also went on to warn about the long term problems of snacking on iced coffees, ice cream and fruit juices, especially in the hot weather, “If you’re going to have these, it’s best not to snack on them throughout the day. Keeping them to mealtimes is better than exposing your teeth to a constant acid attack.”
If we are lucky enough to have a few more days of summer this year, make sure you drink plenty of water and take care of your skin.