Q: Dear Healthier Talk,
Got any advice for a guy with super-sensitive teeth?
It’s gotten so bad I’m starting to dread mealtimes.
My dentist gave me the all clear.
She says I don’t have any cavities, and my gums and teeth are just fine.
Teething, Clarksville, Tennessee
A: Dear Teething,
People often forget that bones are teeth we wear on the outside of our skin.
Which means that pain in our teeth is, at its root, bone pain.
Or, as the folks with white coats like to call it, ostealgia.
If your teeth are aching and sensitive and there’s not a dental cause behind the pain it could be a sign that you’re low on vitamin D.
Could YOUR tooth pain be linked to low D?
When you’re deficient in D your bones can start to soften, a condition called octeomalacia.
One classic sign of this condition is bone pain. And in some folks that pain may show up in their teeth bones.
Naturopathic and integrative doctors skilled in natural medicine typically recommended around 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 each day.
In the warmer month you can get a good start on this s by heading outside into the sunshine. Around 20 minutes spent in full sunlight without protective coverings or sunscreen on your arms or face should do it.
Just be sure to head inside or into some shade if you start to turn a tad pink.
You can restore your vitamin D levels with a supplement
But for many of us getting enough D from sunlight alone can be a challenge.
Regardless of whether it is geography, weather or time preventing it, if you’re not getting enough D from the sun alone you can take a supplement to help balance out your deficits.
Look for a vitamin D3 supplement from a manufacturer you trust.
Cod liver oil is another great option. Just a single tablespoon can deliver somewhere between 1,200 and 1,500 IUs of D, plus a good healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids.
Don’t forget to add a mixed tocopherol vitamin E to the menu too, to help keep the omega-3s from oxidizing too quickly.
If you suspect you might be low on D your doctor can run a test for you to tell for sure. And he can recommend the right amount of vitamin D for you.