A recent research conducted shows that there is a link between mother’s vitamin D level and cavities in babies. Study named ‘Prenatal Vitamin D and Dental Caries in Infants’ was published in the Paediatrics.
Vitamin D is a very important nutrient which plays an important role in bone health. Pregnant women who do not get enough vitamin D poses risk for their future babies. The recommended dosage is 4000 to 5000 units per day of vitamin D3 for all women who are pregnant or nursing.
Apart from this study also states that pregnant women who have the requisite amount of vitamin D reduces their risk of premature delivery, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, few respiratory infections and even birth defects, which include autism. This information was provided by William B. Grant from The Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Centre in San Francisco to an interview with Reuter’s Health.
134 pregnant women who had an average age of 19 were included in the study. Information regarding their lifestyles, health habits and social economic status was collected. Blood samples were taken to measure the level vitamin D. Year after the delivery; the infants were put to dental examinations. Simultaneously, mothers were asked to fill out a questionnaire about their breastfeeding habits, health and behavioural tendencies of the baby and solid consumption.
Research report showed that about one third of mothers subjected to these tests had lower vitamin D levels. This reflected in the negative dental health of the babies with 23% of infants having cavities and 22% having deficient or thinning enamel.
Robert J Schroth, the senior author of the study and a professor at the University of Manitoba, Canada stated that though there is an association, it is not very strong. But the study proves that prenatal nutrition is very important and the mothers should have their vitamin D levels as per the recommendation as a preventive measure.