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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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Have a child, lose a tooth?

“Jedes kind kostet die mutter einen zahn” – Germany “Un enfant, une dent” – France “Minden gyermekért egy fogat” – Hungary It’s a universal “old wives’ tale” repeated around the globe.  Moms know that it’s true. “I have had three … Continue reading

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Dr Mellanby’s Remineralizing Diet

In the 1920’s and 30’s Dr May Mellanby conducted diet trials to determine the effect of vitamin D and nutrition on the development of tooth decay.  Importantly, these trials were conducted in resident hospitals and orphanages, which allowed precise control … Continue reading

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