Santa may be on to something! Grab a tall cool glass and drink milk with your cookies while you learn about the dental benefits of the big man’s favorite beverage.
Milk Helps Teeth From the Inside to the Outside
Dairy products are loaded with calcium, which is important for healthy teeth. Per the National Institutes of Health (NIH), our teeth and bones store 99 percent of our body’s calcium. Expectant mothers should consume between 1,000 – 1,3000 mg per day to ensure the unborn baby receives enough calcium, phosphorus, and other nutrients that support the development of teeth and bones. Milk continues to be important in a child’s infancy and teen years. As just 1 cup of milk provides almost 300 milligrams of calcium, a little can go a long way!
Current research shows that milk and other dairy products like cheese and yogurt can also help reduce tooth decay. Milk contains caseins, which help to form a protective film on tooth enamel that prevents them from holding decay caused by bacterial acids. If these acids do get through, the calcium and phosphorus in milk help strengthen the existing enamel.
Cookies & Milk, The Perfect Combination
Not only do they make a great tasting combination, but washing down your favorite Christmas cookies with a glass of milk also has benefits. Per the American Dental Association (ADA), this refreshing beverage helps wash away the harmful acid left in your mouth after eating sugary sweet treats.So make sure to drink milk this holiday season with all of those tasty snacks. And remember, brushing at least twice daily and flossing helps support healthy teeth so you can enjoy your Christmas cookies for many holidays to come!