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Mother's vitamin D levels affect baby's dental health
Updated: 7/7/2008 8:00:27 AM
 

A new study has shown that the amount of vitamin D pregnant women consume during pregnancy can have an impact on their baby's teeth.

Researchers at the University of Manitoba found that low levels of the vitamin in mothers may negatively impact on the child's primary tooth calcification, which in turn can lead to enamel defects.

Strong tooth enamel is required to help prevent dental decay, so this could affect the child's oral health for a number of years.

The scientists reached their conclusions by studying the vitamin D levels of 206 women in their second trimester of pregnancy. They found that only 10.5 percent of them had adequate levels.

At the same time, they also examined 135 babies for signs of tooth enamel defects and decay and found that of those who were suffering from these problems, most had mothers with significantly lower vitamin D levels.

In related news, separate research has found that mothers-to-be who have gum disease are more likely to have a difficult pregnancy or go into early labor.
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