If you are hoping to prevent receding gums, it may be time to add an extra glass of milk to your diet. Liquid milk and other kinds of dairy have been associated with a decrease in periodontal disease.

What We Know about Gum Disease and Dairy

dreamstime_s_15508889There have been many studies that have looked at the connection between dairy consumption and gum disease. In 2006, a study in Saudi Arabia looked at the consumption of milk by breaking people into five groups based on the level of their milk consumption. It was found that people in the group of highest milk consumption had a 20% lower risk of gum disease than those in the lowest category.

Then in 2008, a study in Japan looked in more detail at the relationship between milk consumption and gum disease. This study found that, after correcting for other factors, researchers found that consumption of dairy foods reduced the risk of gum disease by 60%.

Finally a 2012 study in Denmark came up with some of the most detailed findings to date. This study showed that not all dairy may be equal in preventing gum disease. Total dairy intake, liquid milk intake, and eating fermented dairy products like sour cream and yogurt were all associated with lower gum disease risk, but cheese consumption and other dairy weren’t.

Maybe We Should Buck the Trend

Despite these findings and similar ones associated with other health concerns, Americans are drinking less milk than ever. This is partly a generational trend. Each generation drinks less milk than the generation before it. There are many competing beverage choices today, so people tend to drink milk less often.

There has also been a number of potential concerns about milk that have been raised. People worry about bovine growth hormones, excess fat, and other potential risks. Though most concerns have been dismissed, each one tends to keep people from drinking milk.

Maybe it’s time for us to look carefully at our beverage choices and cut soda and other acidic, sugary drinks in favor of a healthy glass of milk a day.

On the other hand, if you’ve already developed receding gums and are looking for nonsurgical gum treatment, we can help. Please call (949) 551-5902 in Orange County or 310-275-5325 in Beverly Hills to learn more.