The Amazing Ways That Milk Can Help Your Teeth

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It's hardly a secret that milk is good for your teeth, especially when a child's teeth are still growing. But did you know all the ways in which milk can help your teeth? Milk is not just helpful when teeth are developing, but it can also help an adult's teeth to stay nice and healthy. Milk can even be helpful when you lose a tooth!

Developing Teeth

A glass of reduced fat milk contains a whopping 367 mg of calcium, even more than regular milk (which contains 304 mg of calcium). Calcium is essential for the development of healthy teeth and bones, and children should be consuming around 1300 mg of calcium per day. A few glasses of milk are a great way to get that calcium count up. A child's teeth and bones rapidly expand in size as they grow, and this calcium helps those teeth and bones to develop properly and stay healthy throughout adulthood. 

Adult Teeth

It can be traditional to conclude a meal with a cup of coffee or even a glass of dessert wine (or perhaps something stronger). How about finishing your meal with a glass of milk instead? The bacteria in your mouth feeds on the sugar in the food that you've eaten. This process creates acid which can degrade the protective enamel that covers your teeth. It has been found that milk is highly effective at neutralising this acid, and it is far more effective than a glass of water. So after you've finished your meal, a glass of milk might be the best way to go for healthy teeth.

Broken Teeth

No matter how well you care for your teeth, accidents can sometimes happen. If you should happen to accidentally knock a tooth out, then milk can come to your rescue. A broken tooth can be reinserted if the tooth's roots survive. Milk keeps the tooth's roots at their correct level of fluid balance for survival, as opposed to water which will kill the roots. So in the event of a tooth being knocked out, place it in a glass of milk. Any kind of cow's milk will work. Cover the tooth in milk and seal the container. The roots cannot survive for too long, so you will need to see a dentist immediately.

It's remarkable how a humble glass of milk can work wonders for your teeth at any stage of life.


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Dental Care and Seniors: Helping to Maintain Your Smile

As you age, it can become harder to take care of your teeth. Motor challenges can make it hard to floss, while memory issues may make it easy to overlook brushing. Whether you are a senior looking for solutions to some of the common dental problems or a senior with specific questions about cavities or oral surgery, you have come to the right place. In this blog, I am going to touch on a range of topics related to seniors and oral health. This is the type of resource I wish my mum would have had access to in her senior years, and I hope you enjoy having access to it during yours. I appreciate you reading my posts.