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Long known for their healthful effects on children, dairy products contain calcium, phosphorus and bioactive peptides important to oral health.  Recent research suggests that the consumption of milk, cheese and yogurt may suppress the formation of caries (cavities) and help prevent periodontitis.  Studies have found increased calcification of the enamel and remineralization of teeth after consumpton of hard and soft cheeses.  Studies also show that cheese and yogurt (without added sugar) promote oral health and make excellent snack and dessert choices for children.