Two recent studies show the benefits of milk and cheese, and how these dairy products can aid against the development in tooth decay, and promote healthier teeth and bones.
According to an article published by DentistryToday.com, a study conducted by the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Illinois indicated that a small glass of milk with breakfast in the morning can help reduce plaque acids by more than 50 percent. Each of the 20 adults in the study group were provided a bowl of cereal, followed by either: milk, fruit juice or a glass of water, producing pH levels of “6.48 for milk drinkers, 6.02 for water and 5.83 for apple juice,” concluding that milk was the best choice for teeth.
Milk and Cheese Help pH Balance and Oral Health
Additionally, ScienceDaily.com revealed the results of a new study published in the May/June 2013 issue of General Dentistry, which claimed the consumption of dairy products and cheese helps protect teeth against cavities, and promote better bone health.
This study used a sample of 68 teens, ages 12 – 15, and again, after consuming cheese, sugar-free yogurt or milk, their pH levels were measured 10, 20, and 30 minutes after consumption, and found that of the three products, cheese produced the highest pH levels. "The higher the pH level, the lower the chance of developing cavities," explains Vipul Yadav, MDS, lead author of the study.
So go ahead, wear a milk mustache and be cheesy, it’s good for your smile!
"It looks like dairy does the mouth good," proclaimed Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Seung-Hee Rhee, DDS, FAGD.