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The Sunshine Vitamin: An Orthodontic Perspective

VVS Lakshmi D Sahithi, Pavithranand Ammayappan, Lidhiya Alexander, V Vijay Kumar

Keywords : Orthodontics, Rate of orthodontic tooth movement, Vitamin D, Vitamin-D deficiency

Citation Information : Sahithi VL, Ammayappan P, Alexander L, Kumar VV. The Sunshine Vitamin: An Orthodontic Perspective. 2022; 12 (2):54-56.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10083-1029

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 08-05-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Background: Vitamin-D insufficiency is almost universally prevalent, with south Indians having the highest prevalence of the condition. Based on the normal range, the deficiency in literature is categorized as vitamin-D sufficiency, insufficiency, and deficiency. Worldwide, it is believed that one billion people of all ages and ethnicities are vitamin D deficient (VDD). The main factors limiting exposure to sunshine, which is necessary for ultraviolet-B (UVB)-induced vitamin-D synthesis in the skin, are lifestyle (such as a drop in outdoor activities) and environmental (such as air pollution) factors. It is very important for public health that vitamin-D insufficiency is not widespread because it is so common and is a standalone risk factor for overall mortality in the general population, vitamin-D insufficiency is a significant public health issue. The significance of this hormone for general health and its application in orthodontic treatment is at the forefront of the study as the number of patients with VDD keeps rising. The prevalence of VDD varies by age-group. As few foods really contain vitamin D, standards call for daily consumption and an acceptable upper limit. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin-D-level measurement is often advised as a preliminary diagnostic procedure for people receiving orthodontic care. Deficient patients are encouraged to obtain either vitamin-D2 or vitamin-D3 therapy with the doctor's clearance prior to starting orthodontic treatment.

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