“D” is not for Decay

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As children, so many of us were told to drink our milk for strong teeth and bones. Well, a recent review by the journal Nutrition Reviews of existing studies seems to support just that as vitamin D may indeed help prevent tooth decay.

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Recently, dental decay is increasing in children while vitamin D levels in many populations have decreased. Clinical trials over the course of a sixty year period, from the 1920s to the 1980s, showed that vitamin D supplements led to a 50 percent drop in the incidence of tooth decay. Over 3,000 children were enrolled in 24 clinical trials during this time period and provided with vitamin D either through dietary measures or via supplementary UV radiation

Whether the results are coincidental is open to debate. Children who are vitamin D deficient do experience late teething and an increased risk of tooth decay. Aas vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, the recommendation to drink your milk may not be off base.

Note: Information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified dental and medical health providers with questions you may have regarding your specific dental or medical conditions.

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