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Maternal vitamin D may affect baby's dental health
Updated: 10/13/2008 10:00:24 AM
 

Maternal vitamin D may affect baby Children born to women who consumed low amounts of vitamin D while pregnant are more likely to suffer from tooth decay, research suggests.

Scientists at the University of Manitoba followed the habits of more than 200 women, beginning in their second trimester of pregnancy, until their infants were one year old.

They found that mothers of children who suffered from tooth decay had "significantly lower" vitamin D levels while pregnant, compared with the mothers of cavity-free kids.

In addition, the researchers discovered that only 10 percent of participants had vitamin D levels that were considered to be adequate.

Once a child is born, there are several ways that a parent can help protect their teeth from decay and promote dental health.

The Academy of General Dentistry suggests that moms and dads monitor their kids' diets, making sure they do not snack too often on snacks that are high in carbohydrates, sugars or starches.

It also advises parents to make sure their children drink fluoridated water, use a straw when drinking soda and brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
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