Dairy Foods and Your Health

Featured / Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Consuming milk and other dairy products contributes to strong bones. Dairy consumption can help prevent or reduce the progression of conditions such as osteoarthritis. It is also a source of Vitamin D. The great news is that it’s not just our bones that benefit. Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt contain minerals that are important to the health of your teeth. Teeth are made of calcium, which when eaten, sticks to your teeth, protecting them form exposure to acid. Without sufficient vitamin D, teeth, like bones, begin to weaken.
Milk provides moisture for those who suffer dry mouth due to medications and/or age. It also helps cleanse or clear the mouth of food debris more than sugary drinks. Be sure to brush afterwards, however, as milk does contain its own natural sugars. For those that don’t like the taste of milk or can’t eat it for digestive purposes,there’s always cheese. Eating cheese after
sugary foods helps neutralize the acid in your mouth and cheese actually coats your teeth with a film that protects them from bacteria.
Then there’s yogurt.  Yogurt is probiotic.  That is, it has good bacteria that can help reduce harmful bacteria not just in your digestive system but also in your mouth. Whether you choose to have your dairy in a glass, by the slice, or with a spoon, you’ll be doing your body and your smile a favor!