Mom's Vitamin D Gives Baby Strong Teeth

Thursday, April 24th, 2014, 7:36 pm

Moms with low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy have been linked to a higher risk of tooth decay in the teeth of their babies. Higher levels of vitamin D may give baby stronger teeth.

Researchers in Canada found that children born to mothers with low levels of vitamin D when pregnant were at increased risk of poor quality dental enamel and early childhood caries (tooth decay). Previous studies had shown that vitamin D deficiency among mothers also lead to defects in the enamel of their toddlers’ teeth.

This recent study looked at the vitamin D levels of women and then checked their children for dental decay during the first year of life. Researchers discovered that one-third of the women had low levels of vitamin D and that the mothers of children with tooth decay had significantly lower levels of the vitamin than did the moms of kids without tooth decay.

Prenatal vitamin D improves the development of tooth enamel in the developing fetus, the researchers concluded. Vitamin D also helps prevent abnormalities of the spinal cord and brain, and enhances brain development. For women, vitamin D helps promote bone density during and after pregnancy. Researchers also believe that vitamin D may help prevent high blood pressure during pregnancy.

Vitamin D means strong teeth for adults too! Known as the sunshine vitamin, the human body makes vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Very few foods offer vitamin D so supplements may be in order if you don’t spend much time in the sun.

Find out more about oral health during pregnancy by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439.

 

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