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Lowering Gingivitis (gum disease) Risk

gingivitisHigh blood levels of a vitamin D metabolite are associated with a decreased risk of the gum disease gingivitis, according to a recent report from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers at Boston University analyzed data from 6,700 nonsmokers, aged 13-90+, from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The investigators analyzed blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and assessed the participants' gums for the presence of gingivitis, an inflammatory condition marked by redness and tendency to bleed.

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Participants with the highest blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D were the least likely to display signs of gingivitis. In fact, the association between vitamin D levels and gingivitis incidence appeared to be linear over the entire range of blood levels. This association was similar even in relation to other factors such as gender, ethnic groups, and age.

The scientists noted that vitamin D may reduce susceptibility to gingivitis by exerting anti-inflammatory effects, and postulated that gingivitis may provide a useful clinical model for further investigation into the anti-inflammatory effects of vitamin D


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