Yoghurt Reduces Tooth Decay

Thursday 3rd June 2010

Regularly eating yoghurt could reduce a child's risk or developing tooth decay by up to 22%, researchers claim. Researchers in Japan believe that proteins in yoghurt may cling to and protect the tooth's sensitive enamel from exposure to acids and food debris. It is hoped that the findings can be used to improve the dental health of British children - over 30,000 of whom need emergency dentistry dental treatment a year.

The study, published in the Journal of Dentistry, studied the dental health and eating habits of over 2,000 children. Researchers discovered that whilst eating yoghurt reduced the likelihood of children developing dental cavities by up to 22%, eating other dairy products seemed to have no effect.

However dentists have warned that some yoghurts, that are rich in added sugars, may have a damaging effect on teeth.

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