Thursday, June 26, 2008

Yogurt Can Help Your Gums

The next time you eat a cup of yogurt, you may be helping your gums as much as your digestive system.

According to recent research, regularly eating yogurt and other foods with lactic acid (milk acid)is associated with a lower occurrence of gum disease. Previous research had found that people who ate high amounts of dairy products had less gum disease, but the identity of the exact dairy product responsible for this beneficial effect was not found.

With yogurt now acknowledged as promoting better periodontal health, it is thought the probotic effect of lactobacilli bacteria found in lactic acid foods may be responsible.

Probotics are living microorganisms, such as lactobacillus in yogurt and are beneficial to health.

Whether it involves adopting a healthy diet, exercise, or keeping up with regular check ups, prevention remains a key factor in maintaining good health.

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