Encourage Dental Health in Your Kid From the ... Womb

Christine Coppa
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As moms, we want our kids to have shiny, sparkly teeth -- always. Well, we have more control than we think when it comes to getting that fruit splash toothpaste on the Blue's Clues toothbrush.

In fact, we can promote healthy teeth from the womb. Vitamin D, the calcium-absorbing vitamin, is essential in the second trimester, also known as peak time for babies’ primary teeth to form and calcify.

Dr. Sarfraz Zaidi, MD, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA, a leading endocrinologist, and an expert on vitamin D, agrees: "Vitamin D plays an important role during the in-utero development of bones including the teeth, immune system, and lungs. Vitamin D deficiency, therefore, may increase the risk for poor teeth development, asthma, and type 1 diabetes in babies."

Now because the body produces vitamin D through sun exposure and you might not be sunbathing daily, it's important to supercharge your vitamin D intake by snacking on dairy products fortified with the vitamin -- try yummy Yoplait yogurt and these foods with vitamin D: Salmon, tuna fish packed in oil, and milk. Remember to take your prenatal vitamin daily, but Dr. Zaidi warns most women taking the vitamin are actually still low in vitamin D despite the regime.

Do you have any vitamin D-fortified snacks to recommend?

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