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Vitamin D: Get Your Shine On!

Blue Sky and SunVitamin D Is Easy To Come By

So, for healthy teeth and bones, make sure to get enough.

Vitamin D is one of the vital nutrients for everyone’s health, but especially for that of growing children. Combined with calcium, it plays a crucial role in developing healthy teeth and bones. It aids the body’s absorption of calcium in the gut, thereby reinforcing the critical structure of teeth and bones.

Where can you get Vitamin D?

From Food

Many people get the majority of Vitamin D from the food they eat every day. Some food such as fatty fish (tuna salmon, etc.), cheese, eggs, and liver have naturally occurring forms of the nutrient. Other food is fortified with it, meaning that it’s added artificially during production. These include items such as milk and other dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and many varieties of breakfast cereal. Dietary Vitamin D helps ensure we get enough during all times of the year. That’s important because you can also get it from the sun, but only during the warmer months.

From the Sun

Much like plants get their energy from the sun; people too can benefit from a little sunshine! Exposure to sunlight triggers a reaction that creates the essential nutrient right in our skin. Most people can get enough with just ten to fifteen minutes in the sun while wearing shorts or short sleeves. However, due to the angle of the earth during winter, this effect is only available during the warmer months, typically late March through the end of September in the northern hemisphere.

About Dr. William J. Black

William Black earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1988. He then went on to the UCLA School of Dentistry where he graduated in 1992. Following dental school, Dr. Black served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years as a dentist. He then settled in the Sacramento area where he opened his practice in 1996. Dr. Black is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Sacramento District Dental Society (SDDS), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He is currently pursuing Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry and accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Black has 8 children, works actively with the Boy Scouts of America, and enjoys gardening.

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