Is milk really important for healthy teeth?

African-American boy drinking milk and eating bread with egg. Your mom always told you to drink your milk, but now that you’re older you might not drink as much as you used to – maybe milk seems like a kid drink to you and you don’t even bother buying it. However, it is important to drink your milk, and keeping your smile beautiful is only one reason why!

Why is milk so good for us?

Milk and other dairy products are an important source of calcium – the most common mineral in your body. Calcium supports important metabolic processes, and your body stores almost all of it in your bones and teeth. The National Institutes of Health recommends we get 200 to 1,300 mg of calcium every day; the amount depends on your age, but we always need calcium no matter how old we are.

Dairy products

• Are not only rich in calcium but also phosphorous, both of which can help to repair damage to teeth from acid created by bacteria and food particles.

• Stimulate saliva production. Saliva helps to keep your mouth clean.

• Are mostly pH-neutral, which means they can help to neutralize acidic or sugary foods and beverages.

• Contain casein proteins, which form a protective cover on teeth and protect them from decay.

Ditch the sugar but make an effort to get more calcium

Substituting a glass of milk for soda and other sugary drinks is, of course, preferable – whereas milk has so many benefits for teeth, soda wears down enamel and damages and discolors teeth, causing pain and sensitivity.

Some people just don’t like milk, but that’s OK! There are many other yummy foods that are high in calcium, such as ice cream, yogurt, cheese, buttermilk, and even soy milk (which comes fortified with calcium).

Are you drinking enough milk? It is just one of many ways that you can keep your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful. If you have any pain or issues with your teeth, or if you’re ready for some cosmetic dentistry so that you finally have the smile you’ve always wanted, contact Lerner & Lemongello, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Call (561) 627-9000 for an appointment today!

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