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The Power of Milk

January 16th, 2016

A classic food pairing is cookies and milk, but have you ever stopped to wonder why? Sure, this combination is delicious. But did you know that according to researchers in The Journal of the American Dental Association, a glass of milk after eating sweets could keep tooth decay away?

However, it's not enough to just drink milk. It's important to drink milk after eating those sweets. The researchers also stated that the order that we eat sugary and non-sugary foods has a great impact on our oral health. This is due to the fact that consuming sweets causes the bacteria in the plaque on teeth to produce acids which can result in decay.

A study conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Dentistry tested the effects of drinking milk, apple juice, and water after eating sugary cereal on the acidity of dental plaque. The results demonstrated that plaque acid levels decreased the most when participants drank milk after eating the cereal. Water was the second most efficient at lowering plaque acid levels, followed by cereal alone and apple juice. Therefore, if you are lactose intolerant, make sure to drink water after consuming sweets.

Milk is not only beneficial for our health. Did you know that the mutations that make us tolerant of milk are among those that are under the strongest selection in the human genome? The continued production of lactase, an intestinal enzyme needed during infancy to help digest lactose milk sugar, results from these mutations, which are prevalent in some parts of the world such as Northern Europe. However, most other populations cannot properly digest lactose, which often leads to diarrhea and other symptoms that are caused by the production of gases by the fermentation of gut bacteria. Furthermore, milk sugars can be easily removed from foods and the mutations are only needed for raw milk or whey.

It's a wonder why these mutations have lasted. Therefore, there have been many attempts to understand the reason behind their persistence by studying where and when humans used milk. Archaeologists have found evidence for the prevalence of females in animal herds and the presence of milk lipids on pots. In addition, international researchers at the Universities of York, Oklahoma, and Copenhagen, and University College London (UCL) studied ancient human calcified dental plaque. This team detected traces of beta-lactoglobulin, a dominant milk protein often used to build muscle mass, in ancient samples.

This new evidence proves that humans have consumed cattle, sheep, and goat whey since at least 5,000 years ago, which supports the fact that archaeologists have found milk fats on pottery and utensils from ancient farmers. The researchers even found proof of milk from the Bronze Age (c. 3150 BCE)!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Resources:

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/article/ada-07-milk-may-help-reduce-tooth-decaycaused-by-sugary-foods

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141127094944.htm

http://jada.ada.org/article/S0002-8177(14)60548-1/pdf

http://www.ancient.eu/Bronze_Age/

Can School Milk Battle Tooth Decay?

September 10th, 2013

In recent news, a school in Blackpool, England had found a staggering level of tooth decay among the children living in the area. The dental health of children in this town have been found to be the worst in the country, with more than 1 in 3 five year olds with at least one tooth with a degree of decay. By the time the children reach the age of 12, the percent of unhealthy teeth reach to 43%.

 

With this overwhelming amount of tooth decay found in schoolchildren, health chiefs have been working on implementing a new plan to bring down the level of decay. This project consists introducing milk fortified with fluoride in the 77 primary schools in Blackpool. Blackpool also happens to be one of the few towns that do not have fluoride in its water; milk fortified with fluoride is considered the next best option after fluoride in water. Dentists in town fully support the idea, believing that it is a step in the right direction to stop the rising level of tooth decay found in the children.

 

Fluoride is a mineral that how shown to work wonders for teeth. On a daily basis, minerals are continuously lost and added to a tooth’s enamel layer via demineralization and remineralization, respectively. Demineralization occurs when acids from bacteria in the mouth attack the enamel. Fluoride, along with calcium and phosphate, are minerals are crucial for the remineralization of teeth. When there is too much demineralization without adequate remineralization, the tooth is then susceptible to tooth decay. Fluoride helps combat tooth decay by strengthening the tooth, making it more resistant to plaque bacteria and sugars that are consumed. Aside from consuming fluoride through water or milk, there are other methods of receiving fluoride. Dentists can apply a fluoride gel, foam, or varnish on the teeth to prevent decay. At your next hygiene visit please ask specifically for a fluoride application. Not only can kids benefit from this  Fluoride supplements in liquid or tablet form are also viable options, but must be prescribed by your dentist, pediatrician or family doctor.

 

For more tips for caring about your smile go here.

Keep Your Kids Cavity Free!

Check Your Local Town Website for the Fluoride Content in Tap Water. Here is Wellesley's!

Please feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/education/flouride-plan-for-school-milk-to-target-decay-1-5961467

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/fluoride-treatment

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20001010/is-fluoride-good-for-teeth-bones

 

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=D&iid=303&aid=7363

 

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=%20&iid=295&aid=4236

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