Prenatal Vitamin D May Reduce Enamel Defects In Children

Prenatal Vitamin D May Reduce Enamel Defects In Children

Women who take large doses of vitamin D during pregnancy may be giving their children a lower risk of dental problems, according to a double-blinded clinical trial. Researchers randomly assigned 623 women into two groups and beginning the 24th week of pregnancy, one group took 2,800 units of vitamin D, while the other took 400 units. Researchers found that the children of women who took the higher dosage of vitamin D had a 47 percent lower rate of enamel defects in both permanent and baby teeth than those in the control group.

The study was published in JAMA Pediatrics. More information and prenatal and pediatric dental health can be found at ADA.org/nutrition.

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