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Sunshine For Healthy Teeth and Bones

Sunshine Through LeavesWe 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 women over 50. Experts believe a daily vitamin D supplement with 400 international units (IU) can help improve bone health in women at risk of osteoporosis.

The simplest way is to take a multivitamin. However, since taking vitamin D supplements can impact other conditions, it’s wise to consult with your doctor or pharmacist first.

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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