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Poor oral health for young women with low Ca and low vitamin D – Oct 2014

Oral health in young women having a low calcium and vitamin D nutritional status.

Clin Oral Investig. 2014 Oct 31. [Epub ahead of print]
Antonenko O1, Bryk G, Brito G, Pellegrini G, Zeni SN.
Metabolic Bone Diseases Laboratory, Clinical Hospital, Immunology, Genetic and Metabolism Institute (INIGEM), National Council for Scientific and Technologic Research (CONICET), Buenos Aires University (UBA), Av. Córdoba 2351-8vo Piso, 1120, Buenos Aires, Argentina, olgaaliona at yahoo.com.ar

Oral health plays an important role in an individual's eating choices, which in turn ensure good nutrition throughout life. The deterioration in diet quality may partially explain the association between tooth loss and several systemic diseases, including osteoporosis. The study evaluated the association between oral health and calcium (Ca) and vitamin D nutritional status. The effect of several dietary and lifestyle habits was also evaluated.
One hundred six women aged 23.7 ± 0.4 years were evaluated. Ca intake (CaI) and protein intake were recorded, and 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) was evaluated. Dental status and caries risk were assessed by determining the number of
decayed (D), missing (M), and filled (F) teeth and DMFT index,
Löe Silness plaque index (PI),
and sugar intake (SI).

  • Deficient CaI was observed in 59 % of women;
  • 71 % had 25OHD <30 ng/mL and
  • 72 % consumed soft drinks daily.

M/T score was 3 %, D/T score was 28.4 %, and F/T score was 0 %.
Thirty-nine percent of women were missing at least one tooth.
PI and SI were 2.0 ± 0.1 and 5.2 ± 0, respectively, and DMFT score was 6.6 ± 0.4.
CaI adjusted by other risk factors was associated with higher percentage of caries (p < 0.0001), DMFT (p < 0.001), and PI (p < 0.007).
One hundred percent of women presented gingivitis.
When considering the one third of the studied group with the highest caries scores, DMFT reached 10.6 ± 0.5. This group had significantly lower CaI and 25OHD levels (p < 0.05) and significantly higher protein intake, daily consumption of soft drinks, and PI and SI values compared to the rest of the women (p < 0.05).
The results of this cross-sectional report evidenced an association between high cariogenic risk and great severity of oral disease in the studied group of young women and low CaI.
Although caries progression is a complex process involving multiple factors, an adequate nutritional status of Ca and vitamin D could be an additional factor that may help preserve a good oral health.

PMID: 25359326

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