Vitamin D and Tooth Decay: Farmington Hills Dentist Explains Connection

VitaminDVitamin D occurs in nature and helps us to regulate our mood. This is why people that live in parts of the world that don’t see a lot of sun during certain times of the year have higher rates of depression. Vitamin D supplements are generally recommended to people that set up their homes in climates that deplete them of vitamin D through little sunshine exposure. There might be another reason to ensure your body of the necessary vitamin. Dr. Aziza Askari, your Farmington Hills dentist, explains a new study which shows that vitamin D may play a role in cavity prevention.

Long Term Study Looks at Tooth Decay in Varying Cultures

Published in the December issue of Nutrition Reviews, the recently released study looked at 60 years of clinical trials to hypothesize that vitamin D can reduce tooth decay rates. Roughly 3,000 children from a variety of countries throughout the world showed a 50 percent reduction in dental caries (cavities) when they tested with higher levels of vitamin D. The study was led by Dr. Philippe Hujoel of the University of Washington. “My main goal was to summarize the clinical trial database so that we could take a fresh look at this vitamin D question,” stated Dr. Hujoel.

Can Vitamin D Affect Cavities?

Dr. Hujoel noted ongoing debates throughout history regarding tooth decay and vitamin D. While the vitamin’s prevention of bone loss is not refuted, the American Dental Association (ADA) has publicly questioned a tooth decay fighting element in vitamin D. The Medical Association and the U.S. National Research Council disagree, pointing out vitamin D’s cavity-fighting powers that were discovered back in the 1950s. Dr. Hujoel feels that the opposing conclusions don’t add up when the trials from the 1920s to the 1980s are reviewed. Professor of medicine at the Boston University Medical Center, Dr. Michael Hollick, agrees that vitamin D has a role in dental health, stating that, “children who are vitamin D deficient have poor and delayed teeth eruption and are prone to dental caries.”

Visit Your Farmington Hills Dentist

Discuss supplement use with your general physician, and be sure to visit your dentist twice a year for exams and cleanings. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Askari, contact Comfort Dental Spa by calling our Farmington Hills dentist office at (248) 474-6434. We are happy to serve patients in Farmington Hills, MI, the 48335 zip code, and surrounding neighborhoods.