Protecting Your Kids’ Dental Health at Every Age
As a parent, we know your top priority is ensuring your children's health and well-being. While you may already have a good handle on their physical health, it is important...
A new study suggests that great oral health actually begins before birth. While the medical community is aware that baby teeth develop during pregnancy, emerging information gives us additional clues as to exactly which nutrients are best for pregnant women (and their children). More than just building healthy teeth, certain supplements will also help prevent future cavities.
As we learn more information about vitamin D, its impact on health feels more and more significant. Deficiency in vitamin D during pregnancy leads to defects in the baby’s tooth enamel, which builds a weaker tooth. Once the baby is born, the child is likely to see more cavities and other dental problems.
Additionally, a 2010 study suggests that high doses of vitamin D help prevent complications like gestational diabetes, premature delivery, high blood pressure, infections, and preeclampsia. While this is still being researched and we don’t recommend extremely high doses of any supplement, the findings suggest interesting links between health and this versatile vitamin. The best bet? Making sure you get enough vitamin D to encourage healthy growth – for both your baby and yourself.
If you ever have questions about oral health during pregnancy, get in touch. Extra exams are never a bad idea while pregnant, as your risk of gingivitis is heightened.