Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy, more tooth decay in children

    Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy, more tooth decay in children

    Low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy weaken baby's tooth enamel, promoting the early development of tooth decay. This is demonstrated by a research published in Pediatrics, conducted on 207 pregnant women from the University of Manitoba, Canada.



     

    The researchers monitored the women's blood levels of vitamin D and checked the oral health of their babies one year after birth. 33% of the women had low levels of vitamin D while waiting, 22% of the children had problems with demineralization of the enamel and up to 36% of the little ones already had decayed teeth.


     


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  • "Mothers of babies with cavities had the lowest levels of vitamin D compared to mothers of babies without cavities " explain the study authors.
  • Antonella Polimeni, full professor of pediatric dentistry at the Sapienza University of the city and expert in the dental sector for the Paesena Society of Pediatrics (Sip), comments: "The study attests that vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy is a primary risk factor in the onset of caries in children because it induces a demineralization of the tooth enamel, which is less resistant to attacks by bacteria in the oral cavity.

     

    Read also: CARIED TEETH AND CHILDREN

     

    and HEALTHY TEETH SINCE VERY SMALL

     

    More generally, however, it is oral hygiene during pregnancy that makes the difference because bacteria from the mother's oral cavity are transmitted to babies, in particular the colonies of Streptococcus mutans that cause tooth decay.

     

    Expectant mothers should follow more careful and scrupulous oral hygiene to prevent problems with the cavity of the children's mouth, as well as follow a correct diet that includes all the nutrients and vitamins, to be supplemented in case of deficiencies".

     

    "It is equally important to avoid giving the children sugary drinks and soothers with honey, especially with the bottle during the night, because they facilitate fermentation by bacteria in the mouth..

     

    Read also: TEETH SEALING, WHY YOU NEED IT

     


    A recent study conducted in our department with the pediatric department of Sapienza on some types of artificial milk with the addition of probiotics, shows that they are able to reduce the proliferation of mutans streptococcus colonies. These too could be a valid aid to prevent the onset of early cavities in children ”concludes Antonella Polimeni.



     

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