When you were a kid, you were probably told to drink your milk for strong bones and healthy, beautiful teeth. As we get a bit older, though, many of us don’t even keep it in the house – when was the last time you had a glass of milk? However, you should know that milk and other dairy products are a great way to supplement your oral healthcare routine!
Why should adults drink milk?
Your parents were right: milk is good for you. It is a great source of calcium. It is recommended that we get 200 to 1,300 mg of calcium every day, depending on your age – but no matter how old you are, you do need it! Calcium supports the nerves, the heart, and the muscles. It helps to keep bones healthy, and some studies even suggest that it can protect against high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer.
Dairy products also have specific benefits for teeth: they are rich in phosphorous as well as calcium, which can help to repair damage to teeth caused by bacteria; they can help to neutralize the effects of acidic foods and beverages because they are mostly pH-neutral; they contain casein proteins, which help to protect against tooth decay; and, they stimulate saliva production, which helps to keep teeth clean.
And of course, a glass of milk is much better for you than a can of soda or another sugary drink, which can wear down enamel and discolor and damage teeth. This not only hurts your beautiful smile, but it can lead to pain and problems.
If you are not a big fan of milk, not to worry. You can still get calcium from yogurt, cheese, ice cream, and even soy milk (which is fortified with calcium). And if your body doesn’t like dairy products, you can get calcium from foods such as almonds, broccoli, spinach, artichokes, and pinto beans.
Milk isn’t just a “kid’s drink,” and it can be a great addition to your oral care routine. It can help you to have a beautiful, healthy smile – and so can making an appointment at the Konig Center for Cosmetic and Comprehensive Dentistry in Houston, Texas. Call (713) 668-2289 today!