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Healthy gums through cheese and milk

By Claudia Salwiczek, DTI
March 02, 2008

LEIPZIG, Germany: A study from Japan has revealed that routine intake of dairy products may help promote periodontal health. The study analysed the periodontal health of 942 subjects and determined that those who regularly consumed milk, cheese or yogurt had a lower instance of gum disease.

Participants aged 40 through 79 were examined on periodontal pocket depth (PD) and clinical attachment loss (CAL) of gum tissue. Researchers observed that subjects consuming 55 or more grams of products containing lactic acid each day had a significantly lower prevalence of deep PD and severe CAL, therefore demonstrating a lower instance of periodontal disease.

Periodontal or gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults and has been connected to the development of heart disease and increased risk of strokes. It can also contribute to permanent medical conditions, such as diabetes, respiratory disease or osteoporosis.

“Research has suggested that periodontal disease may affect overall systemic health,” said study author Dr Yoshihiro Shimazaki of the Kyushu University in Fukuoka. “This study reinforces what much of the public already knows––the importance of dairy in helping to achieve a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy mouth.”

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