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Sunday, July 14, 2013

How milk zaps tooth decay by cancelling out the effect of sugary foods

We all know sugary treats are bad for our teeth. 

But drinking a glass of milk with sugary cereals or snacks can neutralise the effect, a study found.

Milk is better than water at preventing the bacteria in plaque from producing acids when they are feasting on sugar, researchers said.

Got milk? Having a glass of milk with sugary snacks or at the end of a meal can neutralise the effect sweet foods have on the enamel
Got milk? Having a glass of milk with sugary snacks or at the end of a meal can neutralise the effect sweet foods have on the enamel

By stopping the bacteria from churning out acid, tooth enamel is protected, meaning decay and caries are less likely to develop over time. 

The researchers said: ‘Eating dairy products in combination with other sugary snacks or at the end of a meal may be an effective means of caries prevention.’

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