You may have already heard of the link between oral health and heart health, but did you know that vitamin D and sun exposure can reduce the risk of periodontal disease (PD)? The possibility of PD increases with age but studies show that people with higher Vitamin D levels have lower periodontal risk factors by producing properties that attack oral bacteria that can lead to dental caries. Raw and fatty fish, cheese, mushrooms and egg yolks are all high in Vitamin D3, but sun exposure is the most natural source. It’s the most effective, yet, most neglected source, as well. Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays naturally initiate the conversion of cholesterol in the skin to vitamin D3. So the next time you are outside basking in the sunshine, know you are also helping protect your oral health!