Vitamin D and Your Smile
If you follow nutritional guidelines, you are probably aware of the importance of Vitamin D.  A lot has been published in medical literature regarding low Vitamin D levels and increased likelihood of illness from the common cold to cancer.  Recent dental research is now showing that low Vitamin D levels also can increase the likelihood of gum disease.  Your Vitamin D level should be checked annually and should be around 50 ng/mL.  Some research indicates that an even higher level should be obtained in individuals with autoimmune diseases. While you might be quick to think that getting some sun everyday might be the fix, researchers find that some people are inefficient at making their own Vitamin D from sunlight. There is a good percentage of the population that needs supplements in order to achieve the ideal Vitamin D level.