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J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2018 Jan;175:190-194. doi: 10.1016/j.jsbmb.2017.01.020. Epub 2017 Feb 1.

Effects of vitamin D status on oral health.

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1
Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, University of Rwanda College of Medicine & Health Sciences, School of Dentistry, Kigali, Rwanda.
2
Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Oral Pathology, University of Rwanda College of Medicine & Health Sciences, School of Dentistry, Kigali, Rwanda.
3
Department of Restorative & Prosthetic Dentistry, University of Rwanda College of Medicine & Health Sciences, School of Dentistry, Kigali, Rwanda.
4
Research & Development, Gulf Diagnostic Center Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
5
Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, University of Rwanda College of Medicine & Health Sciences, School of Dentistry, Kigali, Rwanda; Department of Applied Oral Sciences, Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA; Department of Oral Health Policy & Epidemiology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA, USA. Electronic address: mrazzaque@forsyth.org.

Abstract

Normal humans of all ages have the innate ability to produce vitamin D following sunlight exposure. Inadequate vitamin D status has shown to be associated with a wide variety of diseases, including oral health disorders. Insufficient sunlight exposure may accelerate some of these diseases, possibly due to impaired vitamin D synthesis. The beneficial effects of vitamin D on oral health are not only limited to the direct effects on the tooth mineralization, but are also exerted through the anti-inflammatory functions and the ability to stimulate the production of anti-microbial peptides. In this article, we will briefly discuss the genesis of various oral diseases due to inadequate vitamin D level in the body and elucidate the potential benefits of safe sunlight exposure for the maintenance of oral and general health.

KEYWORDS:

Bone; Oral cavity; Sunlight; Supplements; Teeth; Vitamin D

PMID:
28161532
DOI:
10.1016/j.jsbmb.2017.01.020
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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