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How the Sun Influences Oral Health


If the sun did not exist, there would be no possibility of there being life on Earth as we know it. In addition to being the source of light and heat, the blazing star is also tasked with protecting the master key that opens the door to life itself. Solar energy, which is required for plant life (and for the entire food chain), is provided by the blazing star. In addition, people can benefit from the powerful star's beams in a variety of ways, including the following: exposure to sunlight can help alleviate depression, aid in the digestion of food, lower blood pressure, help reduce anxiety, alleviate body pain, improve cardiovascular strength, and have an impact on dental health.

Over the course of time, prolonged exposure to sunlight has developed a negative connotation due to the fact that there are negative outcomes associated with receiving an excessive amount of a beneficial factor. Exposure to the sun's rays can, without a shadow of a doubt, hasten the aging process, as well as increase the risk of developing skin cancer, which is the most common form of cancer in the United States, as well as outbreaks of herpes simplex virus, allergic reactions, damage to the eyes, and painful sunburns. Despite the fact that there are risks involved, researchers believe that the positive effects on one's health that are associated with being exposed to a constant stream of light far outweigh the negative effects that are associated with doing so.

Vitamin D from the sun, on the other hand, has its benefits.

Vitamin D, also known as the "sunshine vitamin," is not consumed in adequate quantities by a significant portion of the population in the United States. 25 percent of the population in the United States is at risk for vitamin D inadequacy, while 8 percent of the population in the United States is at risk for vitamin D deficiency, which can contribute to dental problems caused by bone loss. These statistics come from the United States National Center for Health (2011). Both inadequate care and insufficient care are linked to an increased likelihood of developing dental problems.


The sun is the best (and free) source of vitamin D; skin that is directly exposed to sunlight will start the body's natural production of the organic compound. Vitamin D levels in the body can be maintained at healthy levels with adequate sun exposure. Vitamin D is absolutely necessary for maintaining strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D is an essential component of the process that mineralizes bones. It does this by making calcium easier to absorb, which is why it plays such an important role in the process. Calcium is one of the most important nutrients for preserving dental health; however, without vitamin D, the body is unable to absorb sufficient quantities of calcium. Calcium is one of the most important nutrients for preserving dental health. It is unfortunate that this is the case because calcium is one of the minerals that teeth are made of.

People who have low levels of vitamin D not only have an increased risk of breaking bones as a result of osteoporosis, but they also may have a weakened immune system, stand a bigger chance of developing multiple sclerosis and rickets, and increase the odds of individuals dying from specific internal cancers (http://www.news-medical.net/news/34041.aspx). People who have low levels of vitamin D also have an increased risk of breaking bones as a result of

Canker Sores are bad.

Even though they are only small blisters, cold sores can cause a great deal of discomfort due to the infection they cause in the mouth. Cold sores can appear anywhere in the mouth. The unattractive growths are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1, which typically infects people before the age of ten and can be transmitted from person to person. According to estimates provided by the Herpes Virus Association, approximately six out of ten people are infected with HSV-1, which is the virus that leads to cold sores and herpes above the waist (commonly appearing on the face or lips). Even after the virus has been dormant in the body for a significant amount of time, it can be reactivated by sun exposure and cause an outbreak. In accordance with 1-800-Dentist's findings, "According to estimates provided by the Herpes Virus Association, approximately 60% of people are carriers of HSV-1. "Protecting one's lips from the sun with a product that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 is an absolute necessity, regardless of whether a person is attempting to increase their Vitamin D levels or are simply heading out for the day. The sun can cause significant damage to the lips, including premature aging and even cancer. This level of protection can help shield individuals not only from outbreaks of cold sores but also from sun damage, which can contribute to oral cancer. Not only that, but it can also help shield individuals from outbreaks of fever blisters.

The terrifying foe known as oral cancer.

Oral cancer is the common name for the condition known as head and neck cancer. Head and neck cancer is caused by an uncontrolled growth of cells that invades the tissue around it and causes damage to it, most notably in the head and neck region. Oral cancer has a mortality rate that is significantly higher than that of other cancers because it is typically diagnosed at a later stage than other cancers. The infection has already spread to other parts of the body at this point in time. According to the information that can be found on the website http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/, during the course of this year in the United States, a diagnosis of oral or pharyngeal cancer will be given to nearly 37,000 individuals. Over 8,000 people will lose their lives as a direct result of it, which equates to approximately one death every hour, twenty-four hours a day. Only a little bit more than half of the 36,000 people who have recently been diagnosed with cancer will still be alive in five years. Prolonged exposure to the sun is one of the risk factors that, when combined with other elements, can increase the likelihood of developing the condition.

Even though using tobacco and drinking alcohol is the primary factor in the development of oral cancer, sun exposure (especially at a young age or with continued frequency) also significantly increases the risk that cancerous cells will form. Using tobacco and drinking alcohol is the primary factor in the development of oral cancer. The sun is to blame for this because it emits ultraviolet radiation that travels through the atmosphere and causes damage.

In order to take advantage of the benefit and reduce the likelihood of developing complications as a result of sun exposure, it is necessary to exercise caution. This is because sun exposure can increase the risk of developing complications. One of the steps that can be taken to help deliver the ideal balance is for customers to wear a sun sensor patch that will automatically change colors to warn them when they have reached their sun exposure limit. This will help ensure that customers do not overexpose themselves to the sun.

You don't happen to have a sensor patch, do you? In general, you should spend no more than ten minutes per day exposed to direct sunlight. Exposed time should be limited as much as possible.

  • It is essential to check the local UV index forecast (which can be found at http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/whereyoulive.html) in order to reduce the likelihood of receiving an unsafe level of ultraviolet radiation exposure.
  • Applying a generous amount of sunblock is something you should do even when you are not actively working toward getting the recommended daily amount. Every individual, regardless of their age or gender, should make it a point to apply sunscreen on a daily basis as a matter of routine.
  • Because tanning beds emit powerful ultraviolet beams, which are known to have an effect that is detrimental to the health of the skin, you should do everything in your power to avoid using them.
  • It is important to avoid spending too much time in the sun during the middle of the day, when the sun's rays are at their peak intensity and can do the most damage to a person's health.
  • Direct sunlight should not be used on infants for the first six months of their lives, as this is considered unsafe for them.

If you haven't been to the dentist in so long that you can't remember when you did it, now is the time to schedule an appointment. Dr. Cohan, who works at Summerlin Dental Solutions in Summerlin, Nevada, is able to assist with the diagnosis of dental health issues that are caused by sun exposure. In addition, he is able to assist you with your needs regarding oral hygiene. Summerlin Dental Solutions is located in Summerlin, Nevada.





Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.



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851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160