The need for calcium starts long before a baby is born when their teeth are being formed in utero. A baby is born with all their teeth, which shows how important calcium intake is—especially for pregnant women. According to Nutrition Australia, dairy products play an important and unique role in dental health because they prevent tooth decay. These products contain calcium, casein, and phosphorus—an important combination which forms a protective layer over the enamel surface of the tooth. That way, when acid enters the mouth, instead of making a hole in the enamel, it eats away at the protective layer which is constantly being replaced by the minerals in your saliva. The only recommended drinks for children are water and milk—and for a good reason. Sugary drinks wear away at teeth, while dairy protects them and makes them stronger.
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