For years, nutritionists and doctors have been praising the health benefits that we can reap from eating just a few ounces of yogurt regularly, but now it’s dentists who are encouraging patients to begin eating the creamy, dairy food. Yogurt has always been known to be high in calcium, which helps strengthen bones, including teeth.
Now, researchers say it can benefit your mouth in other ways, too. It is believed that the healthy bacteria found in yogurt helps protect your gums and teeth from disease and decay, as well as decreases the oral levels of hydrogen sulfide, which can lead to bad breath.
So why should you begin a regimen that includes eating several ounces of yogurt every day?
Well, besides the fact that Americans eat over 200 million pounds of it each year or that there are countless numbers of flavors, healthy additives like granola and convenient varieties like the drinkable and squeezable types, there is now proof that the delicious treat can keep your pearly whites healthy and bright.
But not all yogurts are good. Make sure to read the labels, as many are high in sugar. Look for Greek yogurt, which has more protein or for plain yogurt, which has low sugar content.
If that isn’t a great excuse to hit your grocer’s yogurt aisle, I don’t know what is.