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Research: Vitamin D deficiency leaves its mark on the smile

from Carolina Pickens

A study published by McMaster University in May found vitamin D is vital to more than just skin and the neurological system. Previously, there was no way to prove long-term vitamin D deficiencies in the human species. However, anthropologists studying ancient human teeth found that the main material of teeth — dentin — records when the body undergoes deficient periods. It was discovered that when an extended period of vitamin D deficiency occurred, the dentin of the teeth could not remineralize and form new, healthy layers. This makes sense, as a lack of sufficient vitamin D has been tied to problems like osteoporosis and other bone density problems. more

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