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Yogurt Can Improve Your Child's Dental Health

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Yogurt is a superfood for both your child's oral health and for his or her overall health. Yogurt has become increasingly popular among people who are trying to improve their health and diet. Several studies conducted over recent years have consistently proven that yogurt can benefit us in ways far beyond digestive health.

Yogurt and Your Child's Dental Health

Yogurt improves dental health in the following ways:

  • Eliminates Bad Breath – Eating six ounces of yogurt each day can reduce the compounds that contribute to bad breath. The probiotics found in yogurt help keep these bacteria in check.
  • Better Gum Health – A study of 1,000 people has shown that those who ate more yogurt had healthier gum tissue. Probiotics, the 'good bacteria' found in yogurt, will help slow the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth. 
  • Strengthen Teeth – Yogurt contains plenty of calcium, keeping the teeth and bones healthy and strong. Calcium helps maintain bone density, especially during childhood, when the body grows more quickly. Once your child's permanent teeth have erupted, calcium will continue to keep tooth enamel healthy and strong.
  • Helps Balance PH Levels – Lastly, the bacteria that causes dental cavities love an acidic environment. Yogurt helps balance PH levels in the mouth, creating a less hospitable environment for germs and bacteria.

The best type of yogurt for your family's health is plain and sugar-free, and Greek yogurt has the highest amount of probiotics. If your kids don't enjoy plain, sugar-free yogurt, mix in some fresh fruit, granola, or a small amount of natural sweetener.

To help maintain your child's oral health, it's important to make an appointment at Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Naomi Lane, our Oak Ridge child's dentist, is passionate about keeping your child's teeth cavity-free! 

Posted on Nov 9, 2020
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