Posted June 6, 2016
Do you want healthy teeth and gums? Then head to the dairy aisle at the grocery store and stock up on your favorite varieties of milk, cheese and yogurt!
You’ve probably heard that dairy products help build strong bones and maintain a healthy weight, but you may not be aware that they also can assist in improving your oral health and lowering your risk for periodontal disease (also known as gum disease).
Periodontal disease attacks your gums and the bones that support your teeth. Unfortunately, it is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. And medical researchers believe that individuals with this disease may be more likely to develop heart problems, diabetes, osteoporosis and respiratory issues.
Dairy products contain many essential vitamins that affect the overall health of your mouth and body. Consider these amazing benefits:
- Protein – Dairy products are rich in protein and contain essential amino acids needed by your body to build and repair muscle tissue
- B vitamins – These vitamins are water-soluble and not stored in your body; it’s essential to consume foods rich in B vitamins daily, including riboflavin, niacin and B12; riboflavin helps your body metabolize carbohydrates and make red blood cells, niacin converts food into energy and B12 supports nerve cells and maintains red blood cells that transport oxygen throughout your body
- Calcium, Vitamin D – These vitamins develop strong bones, reduce the chances for osteoporosis and support muscle and blood vessels
- Vitamin A – Important to healthy vision; supports skin and cell growth; assists your body in developing and maintaining good oral health
- Potassium – Vital to maintaining healthy blood pressure; works with sodium to support the body’s fluid balance; lowers risk of developing kidney stones and age-related bone loss; enables muscles to function correctly
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, each day adults should consume two or three servings of dairy products, and kids ages 9 to 18 should enjoy at least three to four servings.
Our everyday activities keep us so busy that it’s easy to forget to consume the dairy products your body needs. Take time to invest in yourself. Dairy products are vital to keeping your teeth and gums healthy and your body working efficiently.