In honor of June’s designation as National Dairy Month, we thought we’d remind you how beneficial dairy products can be for our oral health and, specifically, our teeth. The American Dairy Association reminds us that dairy products contain minerals and proteins like calcium, phosphorous and casein that help keep our jawbones healthy. Dairy products can help counteract the effect of acid consumption (think soft drinks and citrus fruits) which, left on our teeth, can eat away at enamel, the outer coating of our teeth that protects the more vulnerable layers inside.
Research shows that a glass of milk enjoyed with some yummy cookies may actually help protect your teeth from the sweeter snack damage. But experts warn that if you drink a glass of milk at night, you must be sure to brush your teeth since most milk also contains sugar.
Looking for a great snack? Hard cheeses eaten after sweets will help stimulate saliva production, neutralize acids and increase calcium levels. A few slices or chunks in lunch bags taste great and provide essential nutrients. Adults who pare wine or beer with cheese may help counteract the acidic effect of the alcohol.
What if I’m Lactose Intolerant?
If you need to limit dairy intake, the American Dental Association recommends the following non-dairy options to help protect your teeth:
Recovering from dental surgery?
Our doctors will advise you what you should and shouldn’t try to eat immediately following periodontal or dental implant surgery. Normally, dairy products like milkshakes (no straw!), pudding, cottage cheese, ice cream and yogurt may be soothing. Have any questions? Check out our website or give us a call. We’re in the office Monday through Fridays.