When it comes to tooth loss, prevention means ensuring that your smile remains clean and disease-free with a diligent oral hygiene routine. It also means ensuring that your teeth, gums, and jawbone receive enough necessary nutrients to keep your mouth healthy and operating properly. But what does a brighter, healthier smile have to do with soaking up the summer sun, you may ask? Apparently, more than many people realize.

Vitamin D—the Sunshine Vitamin

It can be harder to run from the sun than to actively seek it out, even when it isn’t summertime. The good news, however, is that your body actually benefits from absorbing sunlight. When UV radiation from the sun stimulates your skin, your body produces vitamin D–an essential nutrient for numerous reasons that has been dubbed “the sunshine vitamin.”

One of the vitamin’s most important duties, for your smile and the rest of your body, is allow your body to absorb and process calcium. Although calcium is one of the most essential minerals to your body’s good health and function, you don’t produce calcium naturally; it must be absorbed through your diet, and vitamin D allows your body to do so.

Aside from keeping your jawbone strong enough to support your teeth, calcium is a main building block of your tooth enamel; the strong protective layer around your teeth. Ensuring a healthy balance of calcium, vitamin D, and other minerals and nutrients can help you maintain a strong, healthy, and beautiful smile. It can also better prepare your teeth and gums to ward off damaging dental issues that can lead to tooth loss.

Riverside Dental Group and Dental Associate Offices Serves a Community Near You!

Our dentists look forward to caring for you and every member of your family with a comprehensive selection of services. We will maintain and improve your oral health with a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, restorative, implant, and emergency dentistry techniques. We also specialize in endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, and orthodontics, serving patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.