The Vitamin That Defends Teeth Against Cavities

ToothEating sticky sweets can lead to tooth decay. When sugary candy adheres to a tooth, harmful bacteria enjoy a damaging feast. But a review of research on mouth health shows that there’s a vitamin that can cut your chances of suffering a cavity in half.

Research at the University of Washington shows that vitamin D can significantly shrink your chances of suffering painful cavities in your teeth.

The study analyzed 24 controlled clinical trials, from the 1920s to the 1980s, on approximately 3,000 children in several different countries. These studies showed that vitamin D was associated with an approximately 50 percent reduction in the incidence of tooth decay.

Michael Hollick, professor of medicine at the Boston University Medical Center, adds: “the findings from the University of Washington reaffirm the importance of vitamin D for dental health.” He notes that “children who are vitamin D deficient have poor and delayed teeth eruption and are prone to dental caries.”

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