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Let the Sunshine in!

Are you one of the millions of Americans who spends most of their working and free time indoors? If so, you may be missing out on the important benefits of sunshine, which not only lifts the spirit, but also helps the body create an essential nutrient—vitamin D. Early in this century doctors discovered that too little vitamin D led to childhood diseases in which bones failed to develop. We now know that vitamin D deficiency can lead to brittle bones in adults (osteoporosis). Hips, legs, even jawbones become more vulnerable to fracture. A Boston study showed that 80% of older adults had reduced vitamin D levels during the winter, largely the result of less time spent in the sun. If [...]

By |2021-10-20T19:19:00+00:00November 2nd, 2021|Patient Education|Comments Off on Let the Sunshine in!

Sunshine For Healthy Teeth and Bones

We don't hear a lot about vitamin D. It's crucial for healthy teeth and bones because it helps you absorb calcium. And the easiest way to get your minimum daily requirement is—take a walk in the sun! Vitamin D is called the "sunshine vitamin" because natural sunlight converts a chemical in your skin into a usable form of vitamin D. Experts at the Mayo Clinic write that, for most people, as little as 10 to 15 minutes of natural sunshine three times a week may provide that minimum requirement. Taking vitamins has never been easier, or more fun. Of course, some people may need a vitamin D boost that goes beyond a sunny stroll. Among them, older adults and especially [...]

By |2019-12-31T19:31:50+00:00April 14th, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on Sunshine For Healthy Teeth and Bones

Osteoporosis: The Calcium Connection

Osteoporosis—porous bones—is a fragile, frightening reality for at least 15 million North Americans. What begins as a slow and initially painless decrease in bone mass eventually leaves bones weakened and susceptible to fracture. It turns strong backs into weak; healthy strides into shuffles. From a dental viewpoint, the disease is evident in loss of tooth strength and jaw erosion. Osteoporosis, most common in middle-aged women and the elderly, is particularly insidious in that it is rarely diagnosed until the damage is done. Evidence suggests that adequate calcium intake early on in our lives may reduce the risk of osteoporosis as we age. Lucky that children often show a natural fancy for calcium-rich dairy products—it's a happy addiction, as youngsters need [...]

By |2019-12-31T19:27:17+00:00March 24th, 2020|Nutrition|Comments Off on Osteoporosis: The Calcium Connection