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Does Milk do the Body Good?

Growing up your parents might have told you a few white lies, such as if you keep making that face it will freeze that way to if you’re not good the bogeyman will take you away. The personal favorite of this Irvine dentist is, “yes, we’re almost there.” However, one thing your parents did get right is that drinking milk does create healthy smiles and bones.

Studies have shown that drinking milk and eating cheeses with or after meals can increase the pH levels in your mouth. What this means is that it will lower acidity levels, which can damage the enamel of teeth and therefore create cavities. This Irvine dentist also would like to point out that milk has the ‘right’ ingredients in promoting top oral health. Besides the obvious factor of calcium, milk also has multiple proteins that help build strong smiles. One of them is casein, which helps recruit calcium phosphates to repair cavities. Casein also helps prevent cavity causing bacteria to adhere to the surfaces of the teeth. Other beneficial proteins include: whey, lactoferrin, lysozymes and antibodies that boost your immune system.

The recommended amount of milk for those ages 9 and up is about 3 cups a day. For children younger than 9, 2 should be okay—but consulting a pediatrician is always best. For more information on oral health, contact your local Irvine dentist today at (949) 857-1270!


-Martha Ha, Tozzer Dental