Research reveals that Teeth X-rays can help identify whether or not someone suffers from vitamin D deficiency, according to an article published on March 2, 2018.
A team of anthropologists from McMaster University examined teeth by splitting them open and looking for telltale deformities in the dentin. The team intended to understand archeology by examining teeth.
They thus, used X-rays of teeth, to better study them. They found that the shape of the pulp, which is the dark shadow in the middle of an X-ray image of a tooth, revealed hidden facts. In healthy individuals, the pulp takes the form of an arch topped by two horns. While, those suffering from vitamin D deficiency, have asymmetrical and constricted pulp shapes.
The team had performed this experiment on people who were dead years ago, however, they understood that this method could also be applicable to those who are still alive. They performed the same procedures on a group of people and found similar results. This has further resulted in routine dental X-rays being considered important, to help identify vitamin D deficiencies, while blood tests could be further performed to confirm the results obtained.
“I think it’s really important. It was a piece of work that aimed to look more at past individuals, but it has the potential to contribute to modern health care as well.” said Brickley.