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Vitamin D Supplement During Pregnancy Strengthen Child’s Teeth

Posted Jul 10 2008 4:10pm

I’ve written about the benefits of Vitamin D in the past with regard toit’s correlation with a lower incidence of Diabetes.A new studyout has reported that mom’s who have high Vitamin D levels during pregnancy through milk consumption or supplementation, have babies with stronger teeth and less decay and cavities. Vitamin D is produced by the body in response to sunlight but can also be taken in supplement form. Adequate levels of Vitamin D are necessary and also known to help prevent rickets or weak bone development. As these studies suggest, Vitamin D influences many areas of the body. Another reason to go outside and play! And, even though some experts think it’s irresponsible to expose children to sunlight without being lathered in sunblock, I don’t see anything wrong with letting children have some sun exposure during the milder times of day, before 10 am and after 4pm.  And with the recent press related to thequestionable safety of many popular sunblock products, in some cases it may be wiser to avoid certain sunscreens.  What do you think? Is it safe to expose children to sunshine sans sunblock or better to supplement with Vitamin D or both?

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