Good Oral Health Starts in the Womb
When you are pregnant, there are a whole host of rules to follow in order to protect the health of your baby. The rules range from avoiding undercooked meat and caffeine to taking the adequate amount of vitamins. In fact, a new Canadian study suggests that one vitamin in particular could be the key to providing your baby with a healthy, beautiful smile!
Vitamin D is important when it comes to the strength of your tooth enamel. When you suffer from a lack of this vitamin, problems with your enamel occur. Weakened enamel means a higher risk of developing tooth decay.
Babies first start to develop enamel when in the womb and if the mother has low vitamin D levels, this could increase your child’s risk of developing cavities later in life! Researchers from the University of Manitoba studied over 207 pregnant women and 135 children. They focused on analyzing the levels of vitamin D in pregnant women during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, then testing the oral health of their children to find a connection. What they found was that women with healthy levels of the vitamin were less likely to have children with tooth decay. There was also a connection between women who did not consume enough vitamin D while pregnant and their children suffering from cavities.
At Newington Family Dentistry, we know how important it is to get enough Vitamin D while pregnant. Your child’s oral health is determined in the womb. In order to help you help your child avoid cavities, here is a list of foods that are high in Vitamin D:
- milk or yogurt fortified with vitamin D
- egg yolks
- cod liver oil
If you are pregnant and need help protecting your child’s oral health, visit us at Newington Family Dentistry. We are committed to giving patients of all ages the healthy smile they deserve. Pregnancy is a crucial time to maintain your own oral health as well! For more information on maintaining oral health during pregnancy or to schedule your own appointment, visit us today or call us at (860) 666-7910(860) 666-7910.