Some babies may be starting in a trail position with regards to their dental health.
A Canadian study indicates that low levels of vitamin D in pregnant women may increase the possibility of their children developing cavities. Vitamin D is actually more of a precursor to normal hormone production in the body. Low levels of Vitamin D are associated with increased sickness and low hormonal levels in adults.
The lack of vitamin D in the birth mother may result in problems with enamel formation in the fetus and the child at birth, which directly results in an increase in cavity risk. Enamel starts to form when the fetus is in the womb and continues to increase just after birth, even though teeth don’t erupt into the mouth until around 4 months of age. A deficiency of vitamin D during pregnancy can certainly have an adverse impact on a baby’s oral health during the developmental phase of a baby before the teeth begin to erupt. Vitamin D and sunlight are needed together to activate the vitamin D in our bodies.