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Get Your Kids Outside! The Link Between Vitamin D and Your Teeth

Get Your Kids Outside. The Link Between Vitamin D and Your Teeth.

Get the kids outside for Vitamin D!

Vitamin D is so important for youngsters because it helps them build strong bones (and teeth!). It also reduces their risk of dental caries, and boosts their immune system. Beyond that, Vitamin D helps promote insulin regulation, and can even help prevent disease later in life.

For example, studies show risks for 
Type 1 Diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis are reduced with adequate levels of Vitamin D in childhood. And, because most children and adults in the U.S. are deficient in Vitamin D, it’s important to be very mindful of getting enough.

Depending on the region of the country you live in, June might be one of the few months where your kids can even get Vitamin D from the sun. If you live anywhere above Atlanta, Georgia, for instance, you can’t get Vitamin D 
from November to February.

How much sun should they get? 

Time of day, smog, and skin pigmentation all play into when and how much sun your littles should get. It is generally recommended, however, that they spend 5-30 minutes outside between 10 AM and 3 PM two times per week.

Luckily, you never have to worry about exposing your kids to too much Vitamin D from the sun (though there can be too much via supplementation). However, you can expose them to too much sun, so make sure to lather on that sunscreen after their time soaking in the D.  

What if my child has too many allergies or otherwise can’t be outside?

If your child cannot be outside for that long, or if you’re fighting Vitamin D deficiency in the winter time, it is recommended that you give your child foods that are high in Vitamin D, such as fortified cheese, yogurt, or milk, or fatty fishes and oils such as 
salmon, mackerel and cod liver oil (yum!).

If your kids aren’t into dairy or fish, it may be best to give them Vitamin D supplements (
between 400-1000 International Units per day), or ask your pediatrician for their recommendation.