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How Can Vitamin K2 Help My Health?

December 11th, 2019

As we approach the holidays, our hearts and tummies begin to prepare for the tasty meals enjoyed with loved ones. There are a lot of vitamins and minerals that exist in the foods we eat that are beneficial, and sometimes even essential for our body to function properly. Many of us have been told that milk builds strong bones due to calcium and vitamin D, which work together to help maintain your teeth and bones. But what about the less popular vitamins, such as vitamin K2? Check out how vitamin K2 may provide benefits for your general and dental health:

First, what exactly is Vitamin K? Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that is considered an essential nutrient necessary for blood clotting, calcium metabolism, bone health, and cardiovascular health. If your body is lacking vitamin K, your body's normal healing process may be impaired and you may be more likely to bleed.

Vitamin K has two main forms, K1 and K2. Vitamin K1 can be found in plant foods such as leafy greens and is made from the compound phylloquinone. On the other hand, vitamin K2 is found in animal and fermented foods, and from the normal bacteria within our human digestive system. Vitamin K2 is made from menaquinones. Not as popular in the Western diet, vitamin K2 can be found in Natto, a fermented soybean paste that is common in Japan, and in some cheeses. However, there is no recommendation for supplementation or daily intake of vitamin K2. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) describes vitamin K1 as the preferred form of the vitamin since it is less toxic, works faster, is stronger. However, vitamin K2 is also beneficial for our health for the reasons stated below.

Research suggests that vitamin K2 may protect your bones from osteoporosis and lower your risk of bone fractures. In addition, a research study published in Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal found that vitamin K2 may contribute to keeping your blood vessel walls clear of calcium accumulation. Calcium deposits within blood vessels can lead to an increased risk of heart disease. Although more research needs to be conducted regarding vitamin K2 and its role in the oral cavity, some animal studies have suggested that it may play a role in lowering your risk of developing tooth decay. Vitamin K2 has been found to activate the protein osteocalcin, which is necessary for bone metabolism and the growth of new dentin within your teeth. it works together with vitamin D3 to carry calcium to your teeth and bones for normal absorption. It is also believed that vitamin K2 slows down the rate of tooth loss with age. Some studies have also suggested that vitamin K3 can help lower risk of developing diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease, and lower oxidative stress in the brain related to Alzheimer's disease.

Ultimately, it is important to have a balanced diet, and keep up with a regular oral care routine, by brushing with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day for two minutes each time, flossing, and keeping regular dental appointments.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/what-to-know-about-vitamin-k2-benefits-for-teeth

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-k2#bottom-line

https://askthedentist.com/vitamin-k2-benefits/

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Say Cheese!

January 20th, 2017

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Today, January 20th, is National Cheese Lover Day! Cheese isn't just a tasty snack, it's also gouda for your teeth.

Did you know about these cheesy facts?

  • There are over 1,000 types of cheese (differentiated by texture)
  • In the US, over 31 pounds of cheese are consumed each year
  • Cheese is best served at room temperature
  • Cheese was first made between 7,500 and 8,000 B.C.
  • The largest cheese weighed over 34,000 pounds and was displayed in 1964 at the New York World's Fair

Here are some ways cheese can benefit your health!

  • Cheese helps prevent cavities by raising pH levels of your mouth
  • Dairy products are crucial for bone health
  • It's a healthier alternative to other sugary, acidic, or unhealthy snacks

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Resources:

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/January/national-cheese-lover-day.htm

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/cavities/article/ada-07-eating-cheese-may-prevent-cavities

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2336850/Forget-gum-Eating-CHEESE-prevent-tooth-decay-neutralises-acid-mouth.html

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Weekly Exercise Time For Adults

August 8th, 2012

The American College of Sports Medicine has recently announced that adults should exercise at least 150 minutes per week (about 1.5%). The exercise can be spread out over the week and can be done in small increments each time.

Of course, they have considered that most people can't just jump right into an exercise regimen. The ACSM recommends planning the time each week so that you have time allotted for just exercising. Reading up on the benefits will help you realize the importance of being active.

Choosing a set time of day to do the exercise will help you develop a routine. For example, you can go for a brisk walk on your lunch break. This will not only help break up the day, but will expose you to the sun, which is important for vitamin D intake. Just remember to wear sunscreen!

After a few months, be sure to really think about your new lifestyle changes and how they are benefitting you. This is a good time to implement new things if you're becoming bored. A healthier you is a happier you, and who wouldn't want that?

Importance of Vitamin D for Bone Health

July 17th, 2012

Did you know that many people are vitamin D deficient? Vitamin D is an essential vitamin for bone health, and a new study shows that a high daily dose of at least 800 international units can help prevent bone fractures in the elderly. It helps the body absorb and process calcium and phosphorus. It should also be noted that taking too much calcium in conjunction with vitamin D can lessen the benefit.

Many older people who fracture a hip due to weak bones never regain full mobility. Implementing vitamin D could reduce the risk of broken bones up to 30%. You can read the article in full here.

There are also other health risks associated with vitamin D deficiency. There can be an increased risk of death due to cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, severe asthma in kids, and even cancer. It can even affect your oral health.

WebMD offers a comprehensive look at vitamin D and how to make sure you are getting enough. You can also contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com with any questions!

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