Reduce Tooth Decay: The Latest Study

Toledo Dentist, milk helps protect teeth from decayHave you read the July issue of The Journal of The American Dental Association (JADA)? If so, you’ve heard the latest news about the effects of beverages on plaque. The study was released in July 2013, and examined how beverage choice affected dental plaque in individuals.

Details: The Study

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Dentistry conducted the research on twenty adults over the course of six weeks. Each participant consumed Froot Loops®, milk, apple juice, and water, in different combinations and in different sequences.

Details: The Results

Researchers found that drinking milk after eating sugary cereal reduced plaque by measuring acid levels on the participants’ teeth after 30 minutes.

Why This Matters to You

Wondering how this study affects you? Due to the findings, researchers concluded that drinking milk after eating sugary foods may reduce the harm sugar causes to your teeth. When you eat foods that contain sugar, there is a chemical reaction in your mouth that leads to decay (plaque creates bacteria, and that bacteria produces acid, which damages the enamel on your teeth).

“When discussing the cariogenicity of foods and beverages with patients, dentists and other health care professionals should emphasize that the order of ingesting sugary and nonsugary foods is important and may affect their oral health,” stated the researchers.

Dairy for Cavity-Free Teeth?

Similar findings were reported in the May/June 2013 issue of General Dentistry. In that study, researchers found evidence that cheese may have anticavity properties.

“It looks like dairy does the mouth good,” says Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Dr. Seung-Hee Rhee, “Not only are dairy products a healthy alternative to carb- or sugar-filled snacks, they also may be considered as a preventive measure against cavities.”

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