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“Vitamin D deficiency is now recognized as a pandemic.”

-Dr Michael F. Holick and Dr Tai C Chen, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2008



Vitamin D and your teeth.

 

Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is essential for promoting calcium and phosphorus absorption, and for maintaining adequate blood calcium and phosphorus concentrations, which enables normal mineralization of bones and teeth.

The research of Dr. May Mellanby and Dr. Weston Price both convincingly demonstrated that vitamin D is central to the development and mineralization of teeth, and in the prevention and healing of tooth decay. 

Currently, there is an ongoing clinical study rediscovering the link between mother’s prenatal vitamin D status and their infant’s tooth decay.

Yet today, 50% of the population is vitamin D deficient. This includes young women, infants and newborns.  This is true even for people who eat a 'healthy' diet, follow the food pyramid and enjoy organic, local produce.

So how much vitamin D do I need?

 

The current Recommended Daily Intake for vitamin D is 400 IU per day, which has been described as “woefully inadequate”.

Four tablets of "The Dental Essentials - Complete" or 5 drops of "The Dental Essentials - Liquid" provide 1000IU of vitamin D, which is ideal for maintenance of healthy teeth.  Intake of 2000IU per day has been clinically demonstrated to promote the arrest and healing of pre-existing cavities.  (Do not exceed 1000IU per day for children under 12 months in age).

 

Additional reading:

Prevention of Cavities with a Single “Massive” Dose of Vitamin D

Low Vitamin D Levels Appear Common In Healthy Children

Lack Of Vitamin D Causes Weight Gain And Stunts Growth In Girls

The Vitamin D Council

Mother's vitamin D status during pregnancy will affect her baby's dental health