Canadian researchers are reporting that women who have low vitamin D levels during pregnancy may have babies who are more prone to tooth decay.
Researchers from the University of Manitoba analyzed tooth enamel in 135 babies between the ages of seven and 16 months and found 21.6 per cent of them had tooth enamel defects and 33.6 per cent had signs of childhood tooth decay.
AdvertisementMothers of children with tooth decay signs had low vitamin D levels as compared with mothers of babies with normal levels. Furthermore it was found that women who drank more milk and took vitamins during pregnancy had higher vitamin D levels as compared to women who did not do so.
The details of the study were presented in Toronto at the General Session of the International Association for Dental Research.