Category Archives: Dental Researchers

Prevention of Cavities with a Single “Massive” Dose of Vitamin D

In the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s there was a lot of interest in the application of nutrition and vitamin supplementation, particularly vitamin D,  in the treatment of tooth decay.  This research was pioneered by May Mellanby, with significant contributions by … Continue reading

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Is white bread better for teeth than wholewheat?

One of the clear results Lady May Mellanby’s extensive research on dental decay is what she referred to as “the cereal effect”.  Poorly mineralized teeth and tooth decay were more prevalent in both children and animals who consumed the greatest amount … Continue reading

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Childhood Nutrition and Susceptibility to Cavities

One mild malnutrition episode occurring in the first year of life is associated with increased caries in both the baby and permanent teeth many years later. Dr J. Alvarez, 1995 Mineralization of primary (or baby) and permanent teeth begins before … Continue reading

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How much vitamin D should you be taking?

It is becoming increasingly apparent that current recommendations of vitamin D intake in the range of 200 – 600 IU/day are woefully inadequate.  In 2007, a group of 15 prominent vitamin D and nutritional researchers, a veritable Who’s Who, published … Continue reading

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The Vitamin D Solution by Dr Michael Holick

Dr Michael Holick is arguably the preeminent vitamin D researcher of the past 30 years.  A search of the ISI Citation Index for “M.F. Holick and Vitamin D” lists 389 peer-reviewed scientific papers that he has authored or co-authored.  These papers … Continue reading

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Can Cavities Really Be Healed?

In a word…Yes! Dentists use the term “arrested” to describe dental caries in which the decay process has stopped and the decay is no longer active.  In lay terms, arrested can be considered the same as healed. The arrest and … Continue reading

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Something Highly Unusual…

Dr C.L. Drain noticed something highly unusual.  The year was 1927.  During routine dental examination of hospital patients he discovered the complete arrest and healing of cavities in 28 children.  Teeth containing large cavities, which ordinarily would have an area … Continue reading

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