Updated: Sep 2
Dairy alternatives like almond milk are on the rise but what are the implications for your teeth? Is it a viable milk alternative or do you still need to drink cows milk?Do dentists recommend drinking it?
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What is almond milk?
Almond milk is a plant based beverage with no animal products in it. It consists purely of almonds and water. The milk is marketed towards a couple of groups of people.
Vegans. Individuals who avoid animal products in their diet.
Lactose intolerance. People who cannot have lactose in their diet due to an allergy.
Health conscious people. A lot of individuals actively seek out healthier alternative and this milk is a great choice because it is low in fat and does not contain any cholesterol.
Is almond milk good for your teeth?
Of course almond milk is good for your teeth because it contains a lot of calcium and vitamin D, which are both used to build and strengthen your teeth. They are also used to reverse cavities when your mouth becomes acidic.
Interestingly, almonds contain about 246 mg of calcium per cup but they don't contain much Vitamin D. The Vitamin D that you see in almond milk are due to the fact that the milk is fortified. Nonetheless, due to the fortification of the milk, almond milk actually comes out ahead of regular cows milk in being good for your teeth.
Tuscan cows milk nutritional facts:
Calcium 280 mg
Vitamin D 2.5 mcg
Silk almond milk nutritional facts:
Calcium 450 mg
Vitamin D 2.5 mcg
Due to the higher calcium per cup of milk in almonds, we would rate it as being better for your teeth over regular milk. More calcium will help build stronger teeth and stronger bones.
Can almond milk cause tooth decay?
Despite the oral health benefits, unfortunately almond milk can still cause tooth decay because it does have added sugar in it. It does not naturally contain sugar but sugar gets added in it to make the beverage more palatable. So yes, due to the added sugar, almond milk can rot your teeth.
Even taking into account the addition of sugar, the amount of it is still less than what is in cows milk. The almond milk has 8 g of sugar while the cows milk has 12 g of sugar. Due to the slightly lower sugar content, it is a little bit less likely to cause teeth decay when compared to milk.
Do dentists recommend drinking it?
Our long island city dentist definitely do recommend drinking almond milk because of its calcium and vitamin D content. It is also lower in calories so it is a healthier option than traditional cow milk.
The sugar content may be an issue but for concerned parents who are worried about almond milk rotting their children's teeth, they can always make their own almond milk at home. If you make your own milk, then you will be able to avoid the added sugar content!
It is actually very easy to make your own almond milk and here is a video to show you how:
For this recipe, you only need three ingredients:
Hopefully that helps you in deciding whether or not almond milk is good for your teeth because to us, it definitely is. We much prefer it over regular cows milk due to the higher calcium but lower sugar content.