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Is low D the culprit for cavities?

Posted on: August 10, 2012   by  John Cannell, MD


Severe early childhood caries (S-ECC), also known as bottle rot, is a syndrome characterized by severe decay in the teeth of infants or toddlers. S-ECC is commonly caused by a bacterial infection with Streptococcus mutans. Its prevalence is epidemic; in the US, the rate is highest in minorities, at times infecting over 70% of minority children. The disease process begins with the transmission of the bacteria to the child, usually from the mother. Parents with untreated dental disease present a very high risk to their children.

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2 Responses to Is low D the culprit for cavities?

  1. Rebecca Oshiro

    My siblings and I spent our childhood playing outside and by the poolside in Southern California. Not one of us has ever had a cavity. My mom said she spent her pregnancies in a bikini by the pool or at the Colorado river. We owe you, mom!!

  2. [email protected]

    Yes, vitamin D does reduce many types of dental problems, and not just for infants.

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