Can Vitamin D Reduce Tooth Decay?Thursday, November 29th, 2012, 6:49 pm
A review of existing studies, published in Nutrition Reviews, seems to point to a role for vitamin D in helping to reduce the rate of tooth decay. The clinical trials reviewed spanned about 0 years and 3,000 children in several countries. The review showed that vitamin D was associated with an approximate 50% reduction in tooth decay.
Vitamin D is the nutrient that supports bone health – we have known that for years. But whether or not the vitamin can also help prevent tooth decay has been the subject of disagreement for many, many years. “My main goal was to summarize the clinical trial database so that we could take a fresh look at this vitamin D question,” said Dr. Philippe Hujoel of the University of Washington.
The findings of this review don’t surprise many researchers familiar with past vitamin D studies. Dr. Michael Hollick of the University of Boston Medical Center said “children who are vitamin D deficient has poor and delayed teeth eruption and are prone to dental caries.”
Currently vitamin D levels are decreasing in many populations and tooth decay in children is increasing. Dr. Hujoel said “Vitamin D does lead to teeth and bones that are better mineralized.”
Good sources of vitamin D include: Cod liver oil (that might be a hard one to sell to your kids), salmon, tuna, fortified milk and yogurt, some orange juice now has vitamin D added, and of course our bodies create a certain amount of vitamin D when we are exposed to sunlight!
Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next checkup and ask about all the ways you can protect your child from tooth decay. Remember, we never use mercury fillings in our office.