Adults lose more teeth as a result of gum disease than from tooth decay. Poor dental hygiene can result in bacteria collecting in the cuffs of gum that surround each tooth. Over time, these bacteria can cause inflammation at the gum line that may worsen, creating even deeper pockets of bacteria around teeth, which contributes to tooth loss. Aside from scheduling regular dental check-ups and practicing good oral hygiene at home, adults can avert periodontal disease-related tooth loss by getting sufficient vitamin D. One study shows that people over age 50 with the highest levels of vitamin D in their blood had about 25 percent  more “periodontal attachment” than those with the lowest levels of the nutrient.

Are you getting enough vitamin D? We welcome new patients of all ages with any dental or oral care need. At SMITH FAMILY DENTAL ASSOCIATES, we integrate cutting edge philosophies, technology, and techniques with the proven expertise that comes with a commitment to continuing education and a passion for excellence. Please call us at 401.434.7471 to schedule an appointment. We’re located at 2780 Pawtucket Ave, E. Providence, where we are dedicated to saving and restoring your teeth and helping you look your best.

P.S. According to a Norwegian study, adults living at higher latitudes with less exposure to sunlight (and consequently less vitamin D production in their skin) experienced much greater tooth loss than those living at more southerly latitudes.


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