Role of Vitamin D in Preventing Tooth Decay
Tooth decay occurs when a patient consumes a large amount of foods and drink high in sugar. This sugar reacts with the bacteria in the mouth that builds up during the day, attacking the teeth and softening the outer protective layer, or enamel. The inner layers are then left exposed to decay, and the tooth can become weak and damaged. If the decay grows deep enough, it could reach the root, meaning a root canal treatment is necessary.
Recent studies have shown that vitamin D may help prevent tooth decay. The leading theory behind this hypothesis is that it helps the body absorb the Calcium it needs to keep teeth strong. During the experiment, the vitamin was delivered to patients by either UV light or products such as cod liver oil. Information found from this test includes the fact that children with a deficiency experienced late teething and much higher risk of tooth decay.
Scientists and researchers agree that it is not simply coincidence that dental carries among children are increasing while levels of vitamin D consumption have dropped in many areas. Pregnant women and new parents can help their child by recognizing the benefit of healthy consumption of the vitamin.
Adults can benefit from this, as well. We also now know that women with the highest levels of vitamin D are the least likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, while conversely, those with low levels are more likely. Clearly, the vitamin is good not just for your dental health.
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