Vitamin D Helpful In Gum Disease As Well

by Medindia Content Team on  October 28, 2005 at 3:02 PM Diet & Nutrition News
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Vitamin D Helpful In Gum Disease As Well
People with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood may be less likely to develop gum disease, according to a new study.

The study only finds an inverse correlation between blood levels of vitamin D and gum disease. It does not mean vitamin D definitely helps prevent gum disease.

In the study, Dr. Thomas Dietrich from Boston University's Goldman School of Dental Medicine analyzed data from a U.S. nationwide health survey involving 6,700 Americans between 1988 and 1994.

Researchers found those in the quintile with the highest levels of vitamin D in their blood were 20 percent less likely to have gingivitis than those in the quintile with the lowest levels.

Gingivitis is a milder gum disease that causes gums to swell and bleed.

Vitamin D is well known for its role in calcium absorption and bone health. Recent studies have also suggested vitamin D may help the immune system to fight inflammation.

Researchers do not know whether or not vitamin D has a preventive effect on gum disease. But there is a possibility that vitamin D may benefit the gum health through its anti-inflammatory properties.

Further studies are needed to confirm vitamin D as a marker or a cause for the lower risk of gum disease.

(American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

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