Top 5 Reasons Dairy is Important to Oral Care

Dairy Is Chock Full of Vitamins and Minerals

We'll take a look at calcium in a minute, but besides the big C, dairy is a nutrient-rich food that contains a banquet of other vitamins and minerals that contribute to oral as well as whole-body health. Cheese, yogurt and other dairy products are all similarly endowed or fortified with vitamins and minerals. Together, these components of dairy, especially low-fat and no-sugar added products, make dairy a good nutritional choice that will protect your smile and give your body important raw materials for proper development and maintenance:

  • Magnesium - Aids muscle function
  • Niacin - Helps the body metabolize fatty acids and sugars
  • Phosphorus - Helps repair tooth tissues
  • Potassium - Helps maintain normal blood pressure
  • Protein - Builds and repairs muscle tissue
  • Riboflavin - Helps prevent inflammation of the tongue and mucous membranes and block cheilosis (fissures and scaling at the corners of the mouth). Riboflavin is also known as vitamin B2.
  • Vitamin A - Regulates cell growth and helps maintain the immune system
  • Vitamin B12 - Rebuilds red blood cells and helps prevent tongue inflammation
  • Vitamin D - Aids in the absorption of calcium and helps strengthen tooth enamel

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