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Drinking Milk After Eating Sugary Cereals Reduces Risk Of Acid-Damaged Teeth

July 31, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. dental study that tested the effect of drinking different beverages after eating a sugary breakfast cereal found that milk reduces plaque acid levels and may prevent damage to tooth enamel. The study involved 20 adults who ate 20 grams of Kellogg’s Froot Loops cereal, then drank different beverages, including whole milk, apple juice or tap water. Plaque acidity was measured each time. Participants who drank milk after eating the cereal showed the highest pH rise, indicating reduced acidity, from 5.75 to 6.48 at 30 minutes.
Shilpa Naval et al., "The effects of beverages on plaque acidogenicity after a sugary challenge", Journal of the American Dental Association, July 31, 2013, © American Dental Association
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