A Special Treat for Your Teeth on World Oral Health Day
If you believe that first impression is the last impression, you ought not to take oral hygiene casually. The smile you greet people with tells them all about you and you don’t want their judgement to be harsh. So work on your oral health to ensure you have that million-dollar-smile ready at hand to charm your friends, colleagues and clients whenever you please. How? Dairy products, of course! Is there anything that milk and its by-products aren’t capable of?
Various studies have proved the significance of dairy products, especially milk and cheese, for oral health maintenance. Referring to one of them conducted at the University of Illinois, it is recommended to consume milk after intake of sugary foods to help reduce tooth decay. Teeth are mainly composed of Calcium, Vitamin D and Phosphorus; and milk is a prolific source of all these nutrients. Studies have also shown that low intake of calcium has resulted in more severe periodontal disease, whereas increased calcium and vitamin D consumption has yielded positive results to fight tooth decay.
Addition of milk to foods diminishes the extent of tooth demineralization and moreover, should lead to remineralization. And in contrast to widespread belief, milk consumption does not increase plaque acidity. Another report has stated that individuals with better intake of milk products are 20% less likely to have periodontitis. And for those who may still be unable to make use of milk owning to their general distaste of it, a 2001 study indicated that flavored milk has the near-same results and can be preferred to other alternatives of sugary juices and soft drinks.
Aiding milk in its role as an oral health hero is cheese. Chewing cheese produces extra saliva, which helps against higher acid levels in the mouth. It also removes any food residue in the mouth after a meal, thus lowering the risk of tooth decay. And looking at the components of cheese – protein, calcium and phosphorus – may reveal why it must be an essential part of oral health care. Caseins, present in cheese, along with calcium helps stabilize and repair tooth enamel.
So be ready with all these tips at your service this World Oral Health Day, that is, 20th of March. Share these ideas with those around you and ensure that they don’t have to ever fix an appointment with a dentist. Bring out your perfect smile any time you want and don’t let any introduction be without an everlasting impression.