Is dairy a major part of your diet? If not, it should be! A study from the American Academy of Periodontology found that regular consumption of dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, can actually lower your chances of getting gum disease.
In addition to it’s beneficial effects on gum disease, cheese is one of the healthiest snacks for your child’s teeth, since it helps fight cavities. Cheddar, Swiss cheese and Mozzarella, lead to more saliva secretion, which washes away debris and protects the teeth from acids that break down the enamel. This means that cheese can arrest the development of cavities, especially when eaten as a snack or at the end of a meal. Calcium and phosphorous found in cheese can re-build the enamel of your child’s teeth too.
So eating dairy is not just healthy for building strong bones, but is essential for maintaining a strong, healthy mouth too. Next time when you reach for a quick snack, choose some cheese, or a glass of milk, and remember with each bite, and every sip you are preserving your teeth for a lifetime of smiles and good oral health!