Farah Flossit here, wishing you well on this lovely summer day!
For those that are or try to be “health conscious” with you & your family’s diet, you will probably come across “Greek Yogurt” as a healthy substitute for many recipes. Well, I’m here to inform you that Greek Yogurt is actually a dental super food! This is especially great new with the rise in families making smarter choices for themselves & their children. In addition to Greek Yogurt’s digestive health benefit, below are some ways eating Greek Yogurt will also help you with a healthy smile:
The “good bacteria” in Greek Yogurt called probiotics are active cultures that are believed to slow the growth of cavity causing bacteria. Keeping your gums healthy is crucial to your overall health because gum disease can put you at risk for a wide range of other health issues including heart disease.
Yogurt is high in calcium which helps to keep your teeth strong. Calcium works by maintaining the density of your skeletal bones through years of deposit while your body is growing the most. This is why it is an especially good benefit for children to eat yogurt. Once permanent teeth appear, calcium continues to help prevent tooth decay by keeping enamel strong.
Bad breath is caused by a compound called hydrogen sulfide. Researchers have discovered that one way to greatly reduce this compound is to eat six ounces of yogurt daily. So another benefit of probiotics found in yogurt is that it helps keep smelly bacteria in check!
Cavity-causing bacteria love an acidic mouth. Yogurt actually counters this by balancing your mouth’s PH levels & creating a less accommodating place for bacteria to grow & flourish.
The best yogurt for good oral health is plain & sugar free. Greek Yogurts contain the most amount of probiotics. If you or your kids crave a sweet addition to your yogurt, you can use a small amount of fresh fruit or natural sweetener. Remember that even with a healthy diet comes the responsibility of good oral hygiene. Don’t forget to brush & floss at least twice a day! Below you will find some links with some great ways to incorporate Greek Yogurt into your diet & how to use Greek Yogurt in many of your favorite recipes in place of unhealthy ingredients. Making “better & smarter” choices is a good start to a healthy lifestyle for you & your family! Let’s work together to keep the Mouth Monsters away & live Monster-Free!
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Farah Flossit (Special Agent Flossit)