Get Outside … It Helps Your Smile!

With the humidity going down and our at-home stir craziness rising, now is a great time to get outside for many reasons, but our favorite is that it will help strengthen your teeth. Spending just 15 to 30 minutes outside in the sunshine allows you to absorb vitamin D, a nutrient that is vital to many important body processes. However, when vitamin D is paired with vitamin A and vitamin K2, it helps to direct the calcium you eat and drink to your teeth and bones. Without it, the calcium can get stuck in your body process potentially leading to a calcium deficiency and damaged teeth – no matter how much you brush and floss.

Your teeth contain live cells that protect the blood supply and nerves inside each tooth. When these are damaged it can lead to tooth decay, damaged enamel, and gingivitis. When there is enough vitamin D present, then your defense and immune systems have the fuel to protect and repair infected teeth.

As the days get shorter and the weather drearier this winter, you can also get your vitamin D from foods such as milk, eggs, fish, cod liver oil and some breakfast cereals with added vitamin D. But our favorite way remains getting some good old-fashioned sunshine time in by playing with our kids outside, going for walks or just reaching or catching up on the news sitting outside on the patio.

While an apple a day might keep the doctor away, just 15 minutes outside a day can help keep the dentist away – along with impeccable flossing and brushing habits of course!