Just How Good is Milk For Your Teeth?


Milk is great for you! Just be careful if you’re lactose-intolerant.

You’ve always heard that milk is good for growing strong, healthy bones. Along with eating your leafy green vegetables, milk is supposed to help you grow big and tall. Did you also know milk is good for your teeth? Yes, it is! Let’s explore why milk is so good for you!

The Earlier, The Better

The sooner you start drinking milk, the better off you will be. The National Institutes of Health, or NIH, found that ninety-nine percent of your body’s calcium supply can be found in either your teeth or your bones. Since baby teeth start developing long before birth, expectant mothers should get their daily allowance: between 1000 and 1300 milligrams. With enough calcium intake, the growing baby gets enough calcium and phosphorus, among other minerals and nutrients. These nutrients will benefit their developing bones and teeth. These same bones and teeth will need more calcium to continue growing as the baby grows into a teenager and beyond.

More Milk, Less Tooth Decay

Milk and other dairy products like cheese can slow down tooth decay. Besides their calcium and phosphorus content, dairy products have caseins, proteins that settle on your teeth enamel and form a protective shield. This shield resists attempts by bacteria to break down your enamel. By adding more of these minerals mentioned earlier into your diet, you can repair your worn-down teeth. If you decide to have milk and cookies for a snack, eat the cookies first and then drink the milk – it can reduce the harm left behind by any sugar you’ve just ingested.

Boost Your Dairy Diet

It’s true that many foods contain calcium. But eating and drinking dairy products is easier on your body. These dairy products also contain magnesium and vitamin D, which can boost your body’s ability to process calcium. If you’re trying to stick to a low-calorie diet, have skim milk instead. Yogurts, cheeses, puddings, and ice cream are also great sources of dairy. But if you’re lactose-intolerant or have a dairy sensitivity, proceed with caution: taking lactose pills can help, but you might also want to consider other dairy substitutes that can provide the benefits of milk without the side effects on your body.

Avoid Soda, Embrace Milk

Let’s suppose you don’t like drinking milk. Even so, you should avoid soda; if you can’t cut out soda entirely, at least limit it to an occasional treat.


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