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Greek yogurt is a healthy treat, not only for your body, but for mouth health also. So it’s a good thing that it accounts for roughly half of all yogurt sales in the country. Is it a go-to breakfast or snack for your family? Here are reasons why the probiotic-rich snack can keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Yogurt is high in calcium

Calcium is a mineral that keeps teeth strong, and yogurt has a lot of it. Ninety-nine percent of the body’s calcium is stored in the teeth and bones.  Your teeth are made mostly of calcium, and without enough in your diet, you risk developing cavities. Children especially benefit from extra calcium because their teeth are growing. However, even in the adult mouth with permanent teeth, calcium continues to keep enamel strong.

Probiotics are bad breath fighters

A daily dose of yogurt may keep your breath fresh and fend off offensive odors. The probiotics attack bacteria that breed in the mouth and cause bad breath. Regular brushing and flossing is the best way to combat breath odor, but go ahead and grab Greek yogurt for a daily snack too. The recommended amount to control bad breath is six ounces per day.

It balances PH levels in the mouth

Cavity-causing bacteria love an acidic mouth. Calcium-rich foods mix with plaque and stick to teeth, protecting them from acids that cause decay. Yogurt balances PH levels in the mouth, and this helps to protect against excess bacteria. Slowing the growth of harmful bacteria creates healthier gums.

Dentists recommend plain and sugar-free Greek yogurt for teeth. The Greek variety usually has higher levels of probiotics than regular. If you need to sweeten up the sugar-free snack, add some sweetener and fresh fruit to make it delicious.  It also comes in handy for healthier recipes. Try using it to create a lighter ranch dressing, creamed spinach, or as a mayonnaise replacement on sandwiches. We like this list of savory ideas.