A healthy diet contributes to a beautiful smile. Did you know that dairy products are one of the biggest contributors to a healthy set of pearly whites? Here are quick facts about which foods to stay away from and which to consume to support dental health. It may surprise you to learn just how beneficial dairy is to a healthy smile.

Diet’s role in dental health

Food and beverages can cause tooth decay depending on their form, how often they are consumed, their level of sugar and the acid in the product. Eating foods with low nutritional value and high sugar content such as candy, cookies, and snack foods can increase your risk of tooth decay. The sugar provides food for bacteria, which can lead to acid production and erosion of tooth enamel.

Dairy products protect teeth

A variety of foods can help protect your teeth from decay with the nutrients they provide. These nutrients help build tooth enamel and stimulate saliva production, which washes harmful acid and particles away from your teeth. Dairy foods such as milk, cheese, and plain yogurt are beneficial for dental health. These foods offer protein, vitamins and minerals that support growth and development. They also build strength teeth and help fight tooth decay.

Cheeses, such as aged Cheddar, Swiss, and Mozzarella can help fight the breakdown of tooth enamel. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says cheese, yogurt, chocolate milk and vegetables are healthy snacks for dental health. A high intake of cheese and other dairy foods during pregnancy was found to reduce the risk of childhood tooth decay.

Locally sourced dairy products

At Plains Dairy, we produce a large selection of high-quality Milk, Cultured products, and Non-Dairy products. Call us today at (806) 374-0385 or Contact Us by email to learn more About Us. You can also Find a Location near you and check out our Recipes!