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Combat tooth decay with Vitamin D

PTI | 03rd Dec 2012

Vitamin D is associated with a 50 per cent reduction in tooth decay, according to new research.

The new review of studies of children in several countries highlighted the potential role for vitamin D in helping to prevent tooth decay or dental caries. The review, published in the journal Nutrition Reviews, encompassed 24 controlled clinical trials, spanning the 1920s to the 1980s, on approximately 3,000 children in several countries.

These trials showed that vitamin D was associated with an approximately 50 per cent reduction in the incidence of tooth decay. In the trials Dr Philippe Hujoel from University of Washington reviewed, vitamin D levels in children were increased through the use of supplemental UV radiation or by supplementing the children’s diet with cod-liver oil or other products containing the vitamin. The clinical trials he reviewed were conducted in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Austria, New Zealand and Sweden.

Trials were conducted in institutional settings, schools, medical and dental practices, or hospitals. The subjects were children or young adults between the ages of 2 and 16 years, with a weighted mean age of 10 years.

Hujoel’s findings come as no surprise to researchers familiar with past vitamin D studies.
According to Dr Michael Hollick, professor of medicine at the Boston University Medical Center, “the findings from the University of Washington reaffirm the importance of vitamin D for dental health”.

“Children who are vitamin D deficient have poor and delayed teeth eruption and are prone to dental caries,” he said.

“Whether this is more than just a coincidence is open to debate. In the meantime, pregnant women or young mothers can do little harm by realising that vitamin D is essential to their offspring’s health. Vitamin D does lead to teeth and bones that are better mineralised,” Hujoel said in a statement.

While vitamin D’s role in supporting bone health has not been disputed, significant disagreement has historically existed over its role in preventing caries, Hujoel noted.


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Vitamin D has been the focus of attention for many years among researchers and I would say, concluding from this article that still experiments are being conducted on efficacy of this vitamin. Dr Mellanby was the first one to discover this vitamin and later experiments were done by Dr Weston Price. Their studies showed time and again the same result which was reduction in caries incidence and healing of tooth decay in some cases. This for me can’t be a coincidental thing. From my studies on vitamin D I have come to know what miracles this vitamin can do. For further information I would recommend this book “Cure tooth decay” by Ramiel Nagel, in which the author has described the causes of tooth decay based on findings of Dr Weston Price and has explained the importance of vitamin D in relation to prevention and treatment of tooth decay. This book also contains a vitamin D rich diet plan which helps in reversing the cavities.


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