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Ingrid Viljak DDS February 2012 Newsletter
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Did You Know? Vitamin D
You already know that good dental health depends on regular oral health practices and a healthy diet low in sugar. But did you know that vitamin D also plays a role?

Scientists and researchers for the past 100 years have noted geographical variations in dental health. A study as far back as the Civil War showed an 8% military service rejection rate in Kentucky for lost teeth compared to a 25% rate in New England.

The connection between geography and sunlight exposure was made in the 1930's when researchers found that subjects living in more sunny areas had half as many tooth decay issues as those in less sunny areas.

In a study conducted in Oregon in the 1950's, dental decay was lower on the sunny side of the state and more pronounced on the rainy side. Vitamin D from sunlight's ultraviolet rays was identified as a factor in calcium metabolism. Both the sun's rays and vitamin D induce cathelicidin, an antimicrobial polypeptide that fights oral bacteria.

Vitamin D has many health benefits in addition to reducing dental decay. If you don't spend much time outdoors or if you live somewhere without a lot of sunlight, make sure you and your family are receiving sufficient levels of this important vitamin.

If you have questions or concerns about vitamin intake, give us a call or contact your physician.
"Can't Buy Me Love"
John Lennon might have delighted in writing a sequel tune, "Can Buy Me Tooth" if he'd known one of his own teeth would sell for $31,000 one day.

Apparently, Lennon gave a molar that had been recently extracted to his Surrey housekeeper over forty years ago. A dentist in Canada, Michael Zuk, bought it recently and wants to display the tooth in his office.

Take good care of your teeth. Who knows what one of them might go for in a future auction.

Periodontal Health and You
One of the best ways to keep your gums from bleeding when you come in for a cleaning is to floss regularly. Brushing your teeth before or after flossing is less important than whether you floss or not.

Of course, impressing us with gums that don't bleed isn't really the point. Bleeding can indicate a need for improved gum maintenance and oral health habits. And if you are still smoking, quit now. Smoking causes gum disease, bone loss and oral cancer.
Quality Dental Care with YOU in mind. Our office has a friendly atmosphere that will immediately put you at ease. Please call or use the "submit question" link below for any questions.



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819 NE Baker St, McMinnville, OR 97128



 

 

 
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