Vitamin D May Affect Teeth, Says Ankeny Dentist

, Dr. Foust, explains a new study that touts vitamin D as a potential hero in the future of dental health.

Multi-cultural Study

Clinical trials which spanned nearly sixty years, from the 1920s to the 1980s were scrutinized by scientists recently. Children were specifically examined – 3,000 children from various countries, to be more exact. These young people presented with nearly 50 percent less instances when they had healthy vitamin D levels. Dr. Philippe Hujoel of the University of Washington conducted the study which was published in the December issue of Nutrition Reviews. “My main goal was to summarize the clinical trial database so that we could take a fresh look at this vitamin D question,”says Dr. Hujoel.

Vitamin D and Dental Health Debated

According to Dr. Hujoel, there has been continual debate over vitamin D’s potential role in preventing cavities. Back in the 1950s, the American Dental Association (ADA) refuted a claim from the American Medical Association and the U.S. National Research Council that spoke of vitamin D’s potential to halt tooth decay. Dr. Hujoel believes that the debate is moot if you look at the evidence from the trials that he and his team have reviewed. Dr. Michael Hollick, professor of medicine at the Boston University Medical Center agrees with the contention that vitamin D can play a pertinent role in dental health. He points out that “children who are vitamin D deficient have poor and delayed teeth eruption and are prone to dental caries.”

General Dentistry in Ankeny

Studies on the dental health benefits of vitamin D might still be inconclusive, but there is no doubt that regular today at (515) 965-0230.  Located in the 50021 area, we proudly serve patients from Ankeny, Polk City, Bondurant, Elkhart, Alleman, and all surrounding communities.