New study suggests increased vitamin D intake during pregnancy can improve children’s dental health

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A new study has revealed that increasing the intake of vitamin D during pregnancy can benefit children’s dental health. 

Researchers in Denmark found that mothers who were given high doses of vitamin D during their pregnancies were more likely to have children with healthy teeth later in life. In 2009, the group of researchers started working with more than 300 women who were given increased doses of vitamin D once they got to the 24-week stage of their pregnancies. Another group of 300 women was given placebo pills and advised to continue taking the normal recommended dose of vitamin D for the remainder of their pregnancy. 

The team followed up by conducting examinations and tests on the children of the mothers involved in the study at the age of 6 years old. They discovered that children born to mothers who had been given increased vitamin D doses were more than 50% less likely to have dental issues, including enamel damage and discolouration. 

The findings of the study have been published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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