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Does vitamin D enhance periodontal health?


Vitamin D supplements can play a positive role in supporting and improving periodontal health in older adults and pregnant women, according to two new studies in the Journal of Periodontology. In 2009, researchers from Saint Louis University, Southern Illinois University and Washington University found that patients in periodontal maintenance programs taking vitamin D and calcium supplementation trended toward better periodontal health compared with patients not taking supplementation. And this is just one of many cross-sectional studies and secondary data analyses in the last few years that reached similar conclusions, according to Dr. Charles Hildebolt, study co-author and director of radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University. (May require free registration to view article.) more

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