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Vitamin D may help treat periodontitis

Posted on: April 28, 2017   by  Amber Tovey

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Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the tissue surrounding and supporting the teeth called the periodontium. Approximately half of American adults over the age of 30 have periodontitis.

Periodontitis occurs when excessive amounts of plaque, a sticky film composed mainly of bacteria, form on the teeth. Porphyromonas gingivalis, a type of bacteria, is thought to be a main contributor to the development of periodontitis. The ability for P. gingivalis to adhere to the tissues inside the mouth plays a role in the severity of periodontitis. 

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2 Responses to Vitamin D may help treat periodontitis

  1. tom.weishaar@gmail.com
    • Amber Tovey

      Hi Tom,

      Thank you so much for sharing. Such an interesting blog that reported very significant findings from a randomized controlled trial, the gold standard of research. I highly suggest that anyone who is interested in this topic also reads this blog: https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/association-to-mechanism-to-causality-vitamin-ds-effect-on-inflammation-of-the-gums/

      After four years of the publication of the RCT, you would think that dentists have caught onto the importance of vitamin D for gum health. Although, I am unsure. My dentist has never mentioned vitamin D to me.

      Cheers,

      Amber Tovey

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