April 3, 2015Milk – A healthy drink for healthy teeth

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Milk is one of the mains sources of sugars in the diet.

But that’s not an excuse to skimp on the white stuff: Drinking milk can actually promote healthy teeth and bones. “The sugar in milk is lactose, which is the least damaging to teeth and the calcium found in the drink helps kids develop strong baby and adult teeth”.

In addition studies have shown that when cavity-causing foods (sugars) are eaten along with milk, the milk can actually help protect teeth from damage. If you don’t drink milk, ask your dentist about toothpastes that can remineralize your teeth.

However, as good for your teeth as milk is during the day, it can be a hazard to them at night. Always be sure to brush before sleeping, and think twice before putting a child to bed with a bottle of milk (or juice or other sweetened drink). These beverages can linger on the teeth, causing extensive damage.

If you don’t like drinking milk, the next best thing would be water – yes, straight from the tap. Water contains no sugar, no calories and no acid, helping you have healthier teeth and gums.

Remembering also, a healthy diet along with a good tooth brushing regime is good for your teeth.

Speak to your Dentist if you have any oral health concerns.

This article has been compiled by Cherrytree Dental Practice as a source of patient information only. 

 

Useful sources of dental health web content can be found at –  http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/dentalhealth/Pages/Keepteethhealthy.aspx

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