As a child, you may have lost a baby tooth and placed it underneath your pillow in hopes that the Tooth Fairy would visit and replace the tooth with a few dollars. This is a tradition practiced in various countries throughout the world. February 28th is observed as National Tooth Fairy Day and is a day to look back on the history of dental care’s little helpers to keep encouraging children to develop good dental hygiene.
To prevent cavities and maintain good dental hygiene, your diet – what you eat and how often you eat are vital factors. Changes in your mouth start the moment you eat certain foods. The more often you eat and snack, without brushing in between meals, the more frequently you are exposing your teeth to decay.
Certain dairy foods can keep your teeth healthy and clean, can you guess which ones they are?
Did your Mom ever tell you to drink your milk for strong bones and a sparkling white smile? She was right. One of the many nutrients that milk contains is calcium. Calcium helps to keep your teeth stronger and healthier. Calcium also helps protect your teeth against gum disease and keeps your jaw bone healthy and strong.
Calcium is also found in one of my favorite foods, cheese! Snack on cheese often? That’s a good thing, chewing on cheese prompts production of saliva, which washes away staining food particles. Cheese helps to strengthen teeth while also whitening them.
Just like milk and cheese, yogurt is high in protein and calcium, which is great for the strength and health of your teeth. Probiotics found in yogurt also benefits your gums because the beneficial bacteria crowd out the bacteria that causes cavities. Plain variety with no added sugar is best for your pearly whites.
What other ways do you keep your teeth healthy and clean?
American Dairy Association North East is one of 16 state and regional promotion organizations working under the umbrella of the United Dairy Industry Association. It is the local affiliate of the National Dairy Council®, which has been conducting nutrition education and nutrition research programs since 1915. For more information, visit www.americandairy.com.