Research has repeatedly shown that Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant mothers can lead to bone defects in infants. New research from Japan has now shown that Vitamin D deficiency could also lead to increased risk of tooth decay.
Scientists studied 1,210 mother-child pairs, collecting information on maternal Vitamin D intake during pregnancy. They followed up with oral examinations of the children between 36 – 46 months of age. If any of the children had one or more primary teeth with fillings or tooth decay, they were classified as having dental caries.
The study’s results showed that a higher level of Vitamin D intake during pregnancy resulted in a lower risk of tooth decay or cavities. In other words, the children of the mothers with a higher Vitamin D intake had fewer cavities.
For more information on the study, which was published on April 18, 2015, you can read the article on Dental Tribune.