Smile: Vitamin D Gets An A+ For Its Role In Oral Health And Immune System Health

 The more we learn about the role Vitamin D plays in our health, the more we like it. First of all, it’s a vitamin we get from being out in the sunshine. Who doesn’t love a beautiful sunny day? Vitamin D is made from cholesterol in the skin when exposed to sunlight. And don’t be fooled into thinking if you work next to a window that you’re getting your daily dose. It doesn’t work that way. You have to get out in the sun and expose as much skin as you can to the sunlight.

Evidence has demonstrated that vitamin D deficiency may place subjects at risk for not only low mineral bone density/osteoporosis and osteopenia but also infectious and chronic inflammatory diseases. Both of those results are significant in terms of oral health and in the ability to fight off infections like COVID-19 and other viruses.

Living in Florida is great for keeping bones and teeth strong. And it’s a good place to be during the pandemic because you can still get outside, get your exercise and keep your vitamin D levels healthy. For those who cannot get outside, it’s important to take a Vitamin D supplement. Also, Vitamin D is available in very limited food sources. Your best bet is to spend time in the sunshine.

Since sun exposure is the best way to boost vitamin D levels, you might wonder how much is the right amount? According to some sources, midday is the best time to boost your vitamin D, since the sun is at its highest point, and it has been noted that the body may manufacture vitamin D most efficiently at that time of day.

If you want to explore excellent Vitamin D supplements, give my office a call. I’ve been touting the benefits of Vitamin D and its role in oral health since I’ve had my dental practice.

Nilo A. Hernandez, Jr., DDS, DICOI, Owner of Smilecreator Of Naples Talks About The Benefits of Vitamin D In The Prevention Of COVID-19.

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Nilo Hernandez, Jr., DDS, DICOI, best-selling co-author of the book, The Will To Win, with Brian Tracy, and owner of the Smilecreator of Naples, is a longtime proponent of vitamin D supplements and talks about the vitamin’s role in preventing COVID-19.

Naples, FL, November 23, 2020: Owner and CEO of Smilecreator of Naples, Dr. Nilo Hernandez, Jr., DDS, has posted a new article on his website entitled, “Getting A Daily Dose Of Good Vitamin D Could Prevent COVID-19. Dr. Hernandez elaborates on the benefits and importance of vitamin D in a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Hernandez states, “It does not come as a surprise to me that vitamin D deficiency has recently been discovered to be a primary risk factor for severe COVID-19 infection and death.” He continues, “I have been talking about and educating my patients about the importance of good vitamin D supplements – not the cheapest ones, but the real ones – for many years.”

As Dr. Hernandez points out, “Research has shown that maintaining adequate amounts of vitamin D may protect you from developing a multitude of ills including multiple sclerosis and various forms of cancers including ovarian, breast and prostate. https://www.insider.com/benefits-of-sunlight  And now the news about possibly preventing COVID-19 is exciting and potentially lifesaving for so many.”

“According to a 2011 study,” says Dr. Hernandez, “41.6% of adults in the US are vitamin D deficient. This number goes up to 69.2% in Hispanics and 82.1% in African Americans.” He further states that, “Common risk factors for vitamin D deficiency include, being elderly, being overweight or obese and having dark skin.” He goes on to add, “This makes sense when you look at the death rates from COVID. The Latino and African American populations have been hard hit by COVID-19, as have the elderly and those compromised due to obesity.”

Dr. Hernandez writes, “While scientists around the world are scrambling to create a vaccine to cure COVID-19, the rest of us can be proactive and do something that can help us prevent becoming the next victim.  For those of us who live in the sunshine state and those who live in the sunbelt, we have the greatest source of the best vitamin D at our disposal on a daily basis. However, we also know too much exposure to the sun is not healthy.”

 

 

The entire article can be read at https://smilecreator.com/getting-a-daily-dose-of-good-vitamin-d-could-prevent-covid-19/

 

 

About Dr. Nilo Hernandez

Nilo A. Hernandez Jr., DDS, DICOI completed I dental degree at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska in 1991. Prior to that, he also completed dental training overseas that placed much emphasis on surgery and trauma procedures. With so much training in the surgical arts, it’s no wonder that he has excelled on this chosen path with the greatest of passion and vigor.

Since 1991, Dr. Hernandez has placed and restored well over 10,000 dental implants and has achieved and maintained an extremely high success rate. Not only is he involved with the surgical aspect, but he has always been involved with the restorative side as well. For many years, he has been teaching dentist to become extraordinary with predictable results.  As program chairman at two illustrious dental teaching clinics, he was instrumental in bringing implant dentistry to the mainstream at those centers and still is to this day. He has published numerous articles, books and has been featured in many television and radio shows.

 

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Getting A Daily Dose Of Good Vitamin D Could Prevent COVID-19

It does not come as a surprise to me that vitamin D deficiency has recently been discovered to be a primary risk factor for severe COVID-19 infection and death. I have been talking about and educating my patients about the importance of good vitamin D supplements – not the cheapest ones, but the real ones – for many years.

Research has shown that maintaining adequate amounts of vitamin D may protect you from developing a multitude of ills including multiple sclerosis and various forms of cancers including ovarian, breast and prostate. https://www.insider.com/benefits-of-sunlight  And now the news about possibly preventing COVID-19 is exciting and potentially lifesaving for so many.

According to a 2011 study, 41.6% of adults in the US are vitamin D deficient. This number goes up to 69.2% in Hispanics and 82.1% in African Americans. Common risk factors for vitamin D deficiency include, being elderly, being overweight or obese and having dark skin.

This makes sense when you look at the death rates from COVID. The Latino and African American populations have been hard hit by COVID-19, as have the elderly and those compromised due to obesity.

 

Not A Cure – A Preventative

While scientists around the world are scrambling to create a vaccine to cure COVID-19, the rest of us can be proactive and do something that can help us prevent becoming the next victim.  For those of us who live in the sunshine state and those who live in the sunbelt, we have the greatest source of the best vitamin D at our disposal on a daily basis. However, we also know too much exposure to the sun is not healthy.

I think about the elderly who live in nursing homes who are not exposed to sunshine at all. It would be wonderful to be able to up their vitamin D intake via a good supplement and help strengthen them. Vitamin D boosts overall immune function by modulating innate and adaptive immune responses, reduces respiratory distress and improves overall lung function, helping to produce surfactants in the lungs that aid in fluid clearance.

 

Vitamin D Functions Like A Hormone

Another interesting bit of information about vitamin D is that unlike other vitamins, vitamin D functions like a hormone, and every single cell in your body has a receptor for it. Your body makes vitamin D from cholesterol when your skin is exposed to sunlight. A total of 15 minutes of sunshine a day is plenty. Though people with darker skin may need a little more exposure. If you cannot out into the sun, a good supplement can do the trick.

 

Spread The Word

 Getting the word out about the lifesaving benefits of vitamin D supplementation — especially to the African American and Latino communities and the elderly in nursing homes — could have a significant impact on future hospitalization and death rates from COVID-19. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, taking the time to talk to the medical management about vitamin D testing and supplementation could also make a big difference in the general health of all the residents, as vitamin D is something that can strengthen your immune system in a matter of a few weeks and has many health benefits besides lowering your risk of a viral illness.

If you’d like to read an in-depth article about the studies on COVID-19 patients, click on this link: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/11/09/covid-19-patients-vitamin-d-deficiency.aspx?cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1HL&cid=20201109Z1&mid=DM706733&rid=1007355768

If you would like to discuss vitamin D supplementation, give my office a call.