A little sunlight starting at an early age may create strong, dense teeth.
Vitamin D is a light-activated hormone that will increase your intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium and phosphate. The major natural source of the vitamin is synthesis of cholecalciferol in the skin from cholesterol through a chemical reaction that is dependent on UV radiation through sun exposure. Vitamin D is found in just a few food sources, mushrooms, fish, egg yolk and meat being the best natural sources.
The main core of the tooth, dentin, is mineralized by calcium, magnesium, phosphate and other minerals. With vitamin D mediating the absorption of these minerals from your diet, it is important to have enough on hand to get the job done. Your teeth are mineralizing within their developmental tooth buds in your jaw bone from the fetal months to about 12 years old (and then the wisdom teeth, too).
You need to have enough vitamin D for other bodily functions in addition to helping mineralize your teeth and bones. A deficiency of vitamin D can also be an indicator of a poorly functioning immune system, autism spectrum disorder, and low muscle tone.
There has been a recent revelation that we may be able to use a dental x-ray to screen the vitamin D levels in young patients by observing the pulp chamber at the center of your tooth that houses the nerves and blood vessels. An enlarged or constricted appearance of the space where the nerve lives may mean altered development of the tooth structure, and to get your vitamin D levels checked.
And eat your egg yolks, turns out the decades of advice that the cholesterol was bad for you probably was incorrect.
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