Since March is the month the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics asks everyone to pay special attention to what goes into our bodies; let’s talk about dairy and your child’s oral health.
Everyone knows that healthy eating, combined with regular physical activity, plays a vital role in your child’s health and well-being. Dairy foods are naturally nutritious, packed with ten essential nutrients that help your child feel good for life. But did you know that dairy is also great for your child’s dental health? Look for organic and hormone free dairy products. Our team at Alina Bergan D.D.S will tell you that, in addition to providing large amounts of much-needed calcium, dairy products also help fight cavities! Dairy products have a specific role to play in dental health as they contain a unique combination of special anti-decay nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, and the protein, casein. Cheese is especially useful, as eating a small piece of cheese after consuming sugary foods or drinks can help protect teeth and reduce the risk of tooth decay. Unsweetened, calcium-fortified dairy alternatives like soy & nut milks, coconut & soy yogurts and soy & nut cheeses also count as part of this food group and can make good healthy alternatives to dairy products.