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Can Vitamin D Help Prevent Dental Caries … (Cavities)?

tooth decayA recent review of existing studies points toward a potential role for vitamin D in helping to prevent dental caries or (tooth decay) in children.

The December issue of Nutrition Reviews, looked at 24 controlled clinical trials on approximately 3,000 children in several countries.  According to the trials completed, vitamin D was associated with an approximately 50 percent reduction in the incidence of tooth decay.[1]

The trials were conducted in schools, medical and dental practices and hospitals.  Children ages where between the ages of 2 up to 16 years old, with a weighted mean age of 10 years. The findings come as no surprise to researchers familiar with past vitamin D studies.  Dr. Michael Hollick professor of medicine at the Boston University Medical Center, states “the findings from the University of Washington reaffirm the importance of vitamin D for dental health.” He said that “children who are vitamin D deficient have poor and delayed teeth eruption and are prone to dental caries.”

Public health trends show where vitamin D levels in populations decrease, there are higher levels in young children of increasing tooth decay.

For additional information about the effect of vitamin D on teeth and bones, talk to Dr. Jorge E. Larrondo of Larrondo Dentistry who is there to help you with all your oral health requirements.

Larrondo Dentistry is located at 160 S. Santa Fe Street, in Hemet, California.