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Does Milk Do Your Teeth Any Good?


Posted on 9/6/2021 by Jonathan J. Golab, DDS, PA
 Does Milk Do Your Teeth Any Good?It is hard to beat a cool and refreshing glass of milk. Can you taste your favorite cereal with milk as you read these words? Milk is the perfect complement for many foods. Not only does milk make a great partner to cereal, but it is also good for your teeth too.

Milk is Good for Your Mouth


Dairy products, like cheese and yogurt, are full of calcium which is beneficial to your bones. In your mouth, calcium enriches the enamel and strengthens your jawbone. It provides needed structural support for your teeth and gums. It is important to eat foods which are good sources of many vitamins and minerals.

What is Casein in Milk?


Milk contains a protein called casein. Casein releases amino acids slowly so your body is fed with protein. In your mouth, casein helps to prevent decalcification by forming a protective coating on the enamel of your teeth. Your enamel is protected by milk as casein strengthens tooth enamel. When the tooth enamel is strong, it is hard for cavities to form.

Casein also fights acid erosion in your mouth. This important protein neutralizes some of the acids that you consume. Acidic foods and drinks our enemies with enamel and destroy enamel. Casein protects your enamel. Furthermore, casein works together with calcium to repair holes in your teeth.

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It is important to eat well for your body as well as your teeth. We look forward to discussing food choices as well as other best practices to have a healthy smile. Call our friendly office staff today to schedule your next professional cleaning and dental checkup. We look forward to seeing you soon and would love to discuss other ways to protect your teeth from tooth decay.
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