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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D Through Sunlight?

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D Through Sunlight?

Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and teeth as it maintains body's calcium and phosphate levels. Apart from that, it also has important role in immunity.

When you are exposed to sunlight, the UVB rays of the sun acts upon cholesterol present under your skin to form vitamin D. This Vitamin D is in its inactive form. It gets converted into its active form in the liver and kidneys.
We all know that sun light is the major source of vitamin D. But, are you getting enough vitamin D through Sunlight? This is a big question specially for vegans.
There are many factors that affect the formation of Vitamin D when your body is exposed to the sun like time of exposure, skin color, sunscreen and many more. Let us discuss them below...
) Time of exposure : 5 minutes to 30 minutes of Sunlight exposure to face, arms and legs twice a week generally produces adequate vitamin D in the body.) Skin color: Darker skin requires more time of exposu…
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Vitamin A: Sources, uses and deficiency

  Vitamin A: Sorces, Uses and deficiency

Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin means it requires fat for its absorption and storage in the body. It plays several important roles in the body and is essential for normal growth and development.
Uses of Vitamin A:
Vitamin A plays an important role in vision specially the dim light vision. It is important for growth, reproduction and maintenance of healthy skin, bones and other body tissues. It is an anti oxidant.

Sources of Vitamin A:
Vitamin A is present in our diet in two forms
) Preformed Vitamin A in the form of retinol which is present in animal sources) Pro vitamin A in the form of beta carotenoids which is present in plant sources. Foods rich in vitamin A include;
Cod liver oilLiverEgg yolkGhee and other dairy productsCarrotsSweet potatoesPumpkinYellow orange fruits and vegetables are rich in Vitamin A.
Dark green leafy vegetables are also good sources.

Daily requirements of vitamin A for different age groups:

0-6 months : 400 mcg (1333 IU/d…

Know your toothpaste

Know your toothpaste

Toothpaste is used everyday in almost every house all over the world. But have you ever thought what all things does a toothpaste have? Which toothpaste is best for you? Let's have a look below.
There are many types of toothpastes available in the market. First let's have a look on ingredients common in all toothpastes.

) Abrasives: They constitute 40% - 50% of a toothpaste. Abrasives along with your toothbrush help cleaning the tooth surface. They remove plaque, debris and some surface stains from the teeth. Some common abrasives used in toothpaste are calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, calcium phosphate. Nowadays, silicone oxides, aluminum oxides and granular polyvinyl chloride are commonly used. These abrasives are rough enough to Clean the surface of tooth but gentle enough to avoid damage to its surface.) Water: 20% - 40%) Humectants: They help maintain moisture in the toothpaste thus preventing it from drying out.  Glycerin, sorbitol, mannitol, p…

Does Clove Relieves toothache?

Does Clove Relieves toothache??
Since years people place clove in their mouth on experiencing toothache. But does clove really relieves toothache
Yes, most of the people get relief by placing it in their mouth. Read on to know how it works...

How Does Clove Relieves toothache?
Clove contains an active component in it called 'EUGENOL' which is a good anaesthetic. It creates numbness in the area of application thus relieving pain. It also has antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties. Thus it helps in reducing infection and swelling in the surrounding area.

How to use cloves for toothache?

Clove oil is simple to apply and works better than the whole cloves. You may easily get the clove oil from any chemist or herbalist. Simply dip a cotton swab in the clove oil. It is better to mix a drop of clove oil into a drop of some other oil like olive oil or coconut oil to avoid irritation. Specially for children do not use it without diluting into some other oil.Gently massage the gums in …

Are Chocolates Good For Your Teeth??

Are Chocolates Good For Your Teeth??
We all are great fans of chocolates. After all who doesn't love chocolates!? 
But are Chocolates good for our teeth?
The answer is 'YES' and 'NO', depending upon which chocolate you eat.

According to recent reseaches cocoa has compounds which are actually good for your teeth!!
Cocoa beans specifically its husk is rich in antioxidants like flavonoids, polyphenols and tannins. These antioxidants prevent accumulation of plaque on your teeth and also cavity formation and therefore the resulting toothache.
Cavity occurs when the bacteria present in your mouth eat away the sugars upon the surface of teeth leaving behind residual acids which destroys the protective layer of your teeth. The antioxidants present in cocoa beans prevent this acid formation and thus the cavities.
Recently, a compound called CBH has been found in cocoa which is thought to be even better than fluoride!!
The darker the choc…

Smoking : Its effects on oral health

Smoking tobacco is a common practice world wide. Smoking habit is hard to break because of highly addictive nicotine present in tobacco smoke. Smoking has adverse effects on oral health.

Smoking : Its effects on oral health

Tooth discoloration due to the deposition of tar.Bad breathGums loose their attachment from the teeth.Increased loss of bone supporting the teeth.Increased tooth loss.Decreased bleeding of gums in spite of its increased destruction. This is due to decrease in the number of blood vessels supplying the gums.Healing gets impaired. That is why smoking has to be stopped for at least 4-5 days after tooth extraction, otherwise the site of extraction does not heal and gets infected (dry socket).Decreased response to scaling, root planning and other dental therapies.Treatments has to be repeated again and again.Lower success rate of dental implants.Increased risk of white patches (leukoplakia) in the oral cavity.Increased risk of developing oral cancers.Apart from the effects…

3 most common reasons of toothache

3 Most common reasons of toothache - Many of you might have had experienced toothache. It becomes difficult to eat and drink and many times the toothache is really excruciating.
Here, let us know 3 most common reasons of toothache and sensitivity.

1) caries/ cavities: Caries in the begining are painless and therefore neglected by many people. When caries advance they infect inner layers of tooth called dentin and pulp. Pulp is the inside core region of tooth having nerves and blood vessels. Once the carious infection reaches pulp toothache begins. Further, infection advances to reach the tooth root and adjacent bone causing severe toothache and swelling.

2) Tooth abrasion: Brushing with hard bristles tooth brush, using abrasive toothpastes and tooth powders wears off the outer most protective layer of tooth called enamel. This exposes inner dentin which has tiny nerve endings. Tooth becomes sensitive to hot and cold drinks. Even cold breeze may cause sensitivity.

3) Wisdom tooth: In m…