Taking Vitamin D during Pregnancy improves child’s oral health

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Oral health for children could be improved by large doses of vitamin D being taken during pregnancy.

A clinical trial consisting of 600 women showed that the children of the women who took vitamin D whilst pregnant had a 47% lower rate of enamel defects.

“Taking Vitamin D during Pregnancy improves child’s oral health“

Dr Hans Bisgaard senior author and professor of paediatrics at the University of Copenhagen said of the findings “This is a robust finding that does not come by chance. You can’t have cavities without having enamel defects first. We see plenty of children aged 10 and under who have plenty of cavities and this same protective effect.

However, Public Health England advises that 10 micrograms of vitamin D is needed a day to keep teeth healthy. Researchers have pointed out that the study could be limited due to it being unblended.

‘A healthy balance diet with outdoor activity in the spring and summer will give all the vitamin D needed.’ Said Dr Louis Levy, head of nutrition science at Public Health England. “Supplements may need to be taken in the autumn and winter months if you don’t eat enough foods that contain vitamin D, and if you’re unable to access the sun, should take supplements throughout the year.”

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