Vitamin D plays an especially important part in the absorption of calcium into your bones and teeth from the food you eat. This is essential to your oral health as it helps to fight demineralisation caused by bacteria and improves the strength of your teeth, keeping your pearly whites in better shape for longer. According to the UK Vitamin D council, vitamin D receptors are also found on cells in your immune system and in your teeth. Vitamin D can bind to these receptors and increase the amount of good antimicrobial proteins in your body which help to fight the bacteria that cause dental caries.
It’s fair to say that Vitamin D is important, but research from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence suggests that as many as 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 children in the UK are deficient2. Sunlight is the easiest way to achieve our daily dose of vitamin D, but from September to May the sun is at the wrong angle to produce the correct wavelength to produce vitamin D; this is why we’ve created this handy infographic, to demonstrate some of the easiest ways to incorporate Vitamin D rich foods into your diet.