How does Yogurt affect my teeth?
Did you know? A single cup (254 grams) of low-fat yogurt contains, on average, 45 grams of sugar. Consequently, this equates to 11 teaspoons!
To put this into perspective, under ‘health.org‘, the suggested daily intake of sugar for men is no more than nine teaspoons (36 grams). While for women, the recommendation is lower at six teaspoons (25 grams) of sugar.
Sugar attracts harmful bacteria in the mouth that causes tooth decay. Increasing sugar intake with poor oral hygiene advances bacteria that destroy tooth enamel.
With yogurts containing less sugar or Sugar-Free, research has found that yogurt can benefit oral health.
Sugar-Free yogurts containing probiotics are commonly referred to as a “superfood” by dieticians:
- As yogurt contains high quantities of calcium, which helps strengthen bones, this can also help improve your teeth. Calcium assists in maintaining bone density.
- With yogurts contain rich probiotics (active cultures), known to have good bacteria. The bacteria within the probiotics can help fight harmful bacteria in the mouth and gums.
- Sugar-free yogurts help to reduce the acidity in the mouth. The decrease in oral acidity helps break down harmful bacteria that may cause cavities.