Written by Dentistry Today Monday, 20 June 2011 12:22
New research dictates that vitamin D may protect gums from the types of bacterial infections that can develop into gingivitis and periodontitis.
To compile the data, laboratory-grown gingival cells were treated with vitamin D and the production of an endogenous antibiotic increased. It also killed a larger number of bacteria than cells that were left untreated. This paper appears in the June issue of the journal Infection and Immunity.
Periodontitis, one of the leading causes of tooth loss, impacts around half of all Americans because many are deficient in vitamin D.