Drinking milk is a tasty, healthy habit! There is also a variety of tasty products that come from milk and many health benefits resulting from the consumption of these products. But do you know that milk benefits your pearly whites too?
Healthy teeth first and foremost require routine brushing and flossing. However, you should also be aware that what what you eat and drink has a significant impact on your oral health. Particularly in babies and children, milk-drinking is extraordinarily beneficial in the development of healthy teeth! Milk-drinking is especially important for pregnant women, due to research suggesting that a mother’s diet is crucial for the lifelong health of her baby’s developing teeth! Although nutrients contained in milk and dairy products are priceless for every stage of young teeth, milk continues to strengthen teeth throughout your adult life.
A healthy amount of milk to drink each day - for both men and women - is around 3 ½ to 4 cups. Children 1-5 years of age should have about 1 ½ cups, and those 4-8 years should have 2 ½ cups. After age nine, the amount can increase to about 4 cups daily.
Milk is also loaded with nutrients for your health. Packed full of vitamins and minerals, a glass is practically a meal in itself! Milk and dairy products are a source of vitamins A and B and rich in phosphorus, magnesium, riboflavin, zinc, and protein.
Most importantly, this drink contains so much calcium that it has nearly become synonymous with the mineral itself. Medical research has proven that you should maintain high calcium levels for healthy teeth and bones. While a number of other foods contain calcium, milk is the best source. This drink’s particular form of calcium helps reduce arthritis, migraines, and bone loss! Lack of milk in your diet however could result in severe consequences, including osteoporosis.
Milk is a delicious drink — whether white, chocolate, or on the rocks! Due to milk’s flavor and adaptability there exists a wide array of milks and milk-formed foods. Milk is used in countless recipes for cooking food — clearly an awesome gift to mankind. There are so many delicious and incredibly healthy dairy products, including the two big stars of the dairy world: cheese and ice cream. Other milk-containing dairy products include creams, yogurts and curds (such as cottage cheese).
When you hear the familiar slogan, “milk, it does a body good,” remember its health benefits, especially to your teeth! Take the challenge, whether you are young or old, to consume milk and dairy products daily that both taste good and make your teeth happy!