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Ever wonder why some kids never get cavities?


"Dentists should be aware that prenatal diet and good nutrition can play a key role in the development
of healthy baby teeth."
-Dr. Robert Schroth, 2009



Dr. Robert Schroth, DMD, at the University of Manitoba recently completed a prospective study to investigate the role of vitamin D levels in expectant mothers and the subsequent rate of cavities in their baby's teeth.  

Dr Schroth measured the prenatal vitamin D status of over 200 women, and conducted a follow-up with dental examinations of their children at about 16 months of age.

He found that mothers of the children who developed tooth decay had significantly lower vitamin D levels (while pregnant) compared to the mothers of cavity-free children.

In addition, low maternal calcium levels were associated with poorly developed, weakly mineralized enamel in their children’s baby teeth.  The children with poorly mineralized enamel were more likely to develop early childhood caries.

This study is the first demonstration of the important relationship between vitamin D and calcium levels in expecting mothers and the development of well-mineralized, decay-resistant teeth in their children.  The results closely parallel those of Dr. May Mellanby.

Taking "The Dental Essentials" during pregnancy is a safe, natural way to set your child up for a lifetime free of tooth decay. If you've ever wondered why some kids never get cavities, now you know.



Additional reading:

Abstract from Dr Schroth's Doctoral Thesis