Taking calcium supplements when pregnant could help your child’s dental health, a new study suggests.
The study, conducted in Argentina, followed 195 children until they reached 12 years of age, whose mums were randomly picked to receive a calcium supplement or a placebo.
The children whose mums received the calcium had a 27% reduction in developing decayed, missing or filled teeth in both the primary and permanent teeth, the study revealed.
The results suggest that calcium intake during pregnancy is prolonged throughout childhood and gives lasting protection.
“Teeth mineralization starts during foetal life and this could be a kind of positive foetal programming that carries on through life”, commented Dr Luz Gibbons of the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy in Buenos Aires.