Vitamin D: Get Your Shine On!
Vitamin D Is Easy To Come By
So, for healthy teeth and bones, make sure to get enough.
Vitamin D is one of the vital nutrients for everyone’s health, but especially for that of growing children. Combined with calcium, it plays a crucial role in developing healthy teeth and bones. It aids the body’s absorption of calcium in the gut, thereby reinforcing the critical structure of teeth and bones.
Where can you get Vitamin D?
Many people get the majority of Vitamin D from the food they eat every day. Some food such as fatty fish (tuna salmon, etc.), cheese, eggs, and liver have naturally occurring forms of the nutrient. Other food is fortified with it, meaning that it’s added artificially during production. These include items such as milk and other dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and many varieties of breakfast cereal. Dietary Vitamin D helps ensure we get enough during all times of the year. That’s important because you can also get it from the sun, but only during the warmer months.
From the Sun
Much like plants get their energy from the sun; people too can benefit from a little sunshine! Exposure to sunlight triggers a reaction that creates the essential nutrient right in our skin. Most people can get enough with just ten to fifteen minutes in the sun while wearing shorts or short sleeves. However, due to the angle of the earth during winter, this effect is only available during the warmer months, typically late March through the end of September in the northern hemisphere.
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Dr. Angela Burns moved to Austin 10 years ago and instantly fell in love with our beautiful city. Dr. Burns is originally from the Texarkana area. She attended Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center for her degree in dental surgery (DDS). Dr. Burns is committed to providing her patients with gentle, technologically advanced dental treatment. She attends an average of 60 hours of continuing education every year. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association, and the Capital Area Dental Society. Dr. Burns and her husband, Gary, have an 11-year-old daughter, Sydney, who is a proud 6th grader at Hill Country Middle School. She is also very involved in the Eanes PTO, her church, and loves raising her family in the Westlake community. “Growing up, I was drawn to mediating and helping others feel more included and less anxious. I was a camp counselor, student government officer and being the oldest of five, I was the family mediator. I found that I had a calling to help alleviate stressful situations for others and realized that being a good listener was something that was key to this. These skills really helped guide me into becoming a dentist that has based my practice on relationships, empathy and a sense of comfort. I knew that I wanted to provide an atmosphere that felt like home when others walked in. Our practice is small, personal and state of the art and we hope you feel like you’re hanging out with friends when you are here!” When she is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Burns enjoys traveling, hiking the greenbelt, enjoying Austin’s music scene, and eating Amy’s Ice Cream.