It can be tough to make good dietary choices for your dental health. Is milk good or bad for your teeth? Does cheese cause tooth decay? Research says that dairy and teeth are a great pairing, but the reasons why may surprise you. Here’s what you need to know.
How Dairy Fights Decay
1. Dairy Protects Teeth
Milk and dairy are good for our teeth, but why? According to the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, dairy products like cheese, milk, and yogurt provide a variety of benefits and are even considered some of the best foods for a healthy smile. Here’s why: They contain casein proteins that form a protective film on the surface of your teeth. These proteins protect the hard outer layer of your teeth (known as enamel) from decay.
2. Repair Damage
They are rich in calcium and phosphorus, minerals that repair damage to your teeth. When acid from bacteria and food breaks down your enamel, these minerals are there to help.
3. Neutralises Acids and Sugars
They’re mostly pH-neutral and can help neutralise acidic or sugary food and drinks. Be sure to consume dairy after your snack or meal.
4. Maintains Saliva Production
They stimulate saliva production. Saliva helps maintain and repair your teeth, and healthy amounts lead to a better smile. This also helps to prevent worn down and weakened teeth.
Remember that consuming dairy is just one part of a mouth-healthy lifestyle. So make sure to maintain a balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and mineral-rich items.
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