Study Description: Poor vitamin D status is very common in African Americans. Periodontitis (gum disease) are shown to be related to theincreased risk of cardiometabolic diseases. Vitamin D is freely available and cheap supplement that has shown beneficialeffect in the immune system regulation and maintenance of the cardiovascular health. In this study we hypothesize thatvitamin D supplementation for 16 weeks in African Americans with periodontitis will result in clinical improvement in theirgum health as well as their cardiometabolic risk profile.
Principal Investigator: Yanbin Dong
Eligibility Criteria: Patient will be included if they: 1. Are diagnosed with moderate to severe periodontitis 2. are dark-skinned individuals 3. are adults between 18 to 60 years of age 4. Not on any other multi-vitamin or mineral supplements
Compensation: Yes, subjects will be compensated.
Compensation Explanation: Benefits would include free dental exam, oral cancer screening and scaling and root planning. Subject would be compensated as a result of his participation in the study. So, the total reimbursement will be $175 plus free deep cleaning. Since subject is getting more than $100.00 from participating in this study, he will be required to complete a W-9 form.
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