You’ve probably heard that milk does the body good, but it’s important for more than strong bones. Milk is also vital for a healthy smile because it’s loaded with nutrients, like calcium, vitamin D, and phosphorus. The 3 nutrients are the building blocks for strong enamel, making your teeth more resistant to decay and erosion. Milk is an easy way to support your oral health because 1 glass contains as much calcium as 2 ¼ cups of broccoli. However, not all types of milk are the same, and some can do more harm than good. Here’s the best milk to support a healthy, beautiful smile.
Good old-fashioned cow’s milk has been recommended by physicians and dentists for generations because it contains high levels of calcium and vitamin D. Your teeth are under attack by acids and bacteria every day. Cow’s milk remineralizes the enamel while supplying the body with essential vitamins and minerals.
If you’re lactose intolerant or don’t like cow’s milk, soy may seem like a great option. While it contains vitamin D and calcium, it has significantly lower amounts when compared to milk from a cow. Not to mention, it can increase oral bacteria. One study revealed soy milk can cause 5 to 6 times more acid in the mouth than cow’s milk, drastically increasing your risk of decay. Although soy may not match the benefits of traditional milk, it is recommended for patients who are lactose intolerant or avoid it for religious or personal preferences.
Almond milk is a popular plant-based product, which is packed with calcium. Almonds contain about 246 mg of calcium per cup; however, they don’t contain vitamin D. Manufacturers have fortified the milk with the vitamin to make it better for your teeth. Some types can contain more calcium and vitamin D than regular cow’s milk. Unfortunately, many manufacturers also add sugar to sweeten the taste, which can increase your risk of decay. It’s best to choose unsweetened options to safeguard your smile.
Coconut milk is a trending beverage because of its various benefits, like its antifungal and antiviral properties. As a result, it’s a natural remedy to combat decay, kill bacteria, whiten teeth, and improve gum health. It is also fortified with calcium and vitamins to keep your teeth and bones strong.
Harness the Power of Milk
Although milk isn’t a substitute for brushing and flossing, it is another piece of the puzzle for a healthy smile. Besides promoting your oral health at home, don’t forget to visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup.
About Dr. Jonathan E. Mason
Dr. Mason achieved his dental degree from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and regularly pursues higher education. He has advanced training in many specialties, including sedation dentistry. Dr. Mason focuses on prevention to preserve his patients’ natural smiles. If it’s time for your next cleaning and checkup, contact our office today.