Is Milk Good for My Teeth?
We have all heard to be sure to drink our milk for strong healthy bones and to prevent certain health conditions like osteoporosis, but have you wondered, is milk good for my teeth too? Yes! Even though our teeth are different from the bones in our bodies they still benefit from milk.
Why is milk good for my teeth?
Milk is loaded with nutrients to create strong healthy bones and teeth. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), your teeth and bones store 99 percent of your body's calcium. Milk has high levels of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and is fortified with Vitamin D. These are all amazing nutrients to help keep your teeth strong. One glass of milk can contain up to 300 milligrams of calcium - wow!
Not only is milk filled with calcium it also contains proteins called caseins. When calcium and caseins are combined they form a protective film on the enamel of your teeth. This protective layer can help prevent bacteria build-up on the teeth which can cause decay.
What if I don’t like milk?
So you are not a big milk drinker? No problem! You can still get the nutrients without having to down a glass of milk. Think about incorporating other dairy products into your daily diet like cheese, yogurt, and cottage cheese.
Not a fan of any dairy products? There are other options like fish, tofu, kale, turnips, and bok choy which are packed with calcium and Vitamin D.
Got Milk Questions?
As always, if you have any additional questions feel free to ask your hygienist during your next visit! Need to schedule a visit? Give us a call: 763.546.1301