I was reading an article today about a protest in Amish country of farmers over regulations prohibiting interstate commerce in raw (unpasteurized) milk. I like to follow matters like this being while not a homesteader, leaning towards that plain and simple life and persuasion.
What was interest at the end of the article, one lady commented, I quote:
"Leah Mack, who runs Grazy Days Family Farm in Union Bridge, Md., and who brought the cow that was milked, said she grew up vegan but her health was suffering. She switched about six years ago and began drinking raw milk and said she can feel the effects in her teeth - literally. She said she used to have cavities all the time, including underneath of already-drilled fillings, but her teeth are now healthy, as are her children's teeth.
"The dentist said 'You're doing great.' Not a cavity, not anything. I said 'Yes. This confirms this stuff that I believe and that I felt,' " she said."
And I wondered if you had any further knowledge about whether or why raw milk might be better for teeth than pasteurized milk? I know it's only one person's experience but it makes a person curious for more information.
What an interesting question!! Milk can be good or bad - and below are the facts that explain this story about milk:
Dairy is good for teeth -
In many studies, whole milk has been shown to stop decay (cariostatic) and stimulate repair of cavities ( remineralization). Studies show that ending a meal with dairy is tooth-protective - since milk makes the mouth alkaline and also contains essential "ingredients" for tooth repair. Cheese and yogurt are also great for teeth.
A study was done with children in Europe where they were given a piece of cheese every day after breakfast - and they had far less cavities than the controls at the end of the study. The minerals in milk are the EXACT minerals that promote repair and remineralization of teeth.
FYI - The "new" expensive MI paste that dentist in the US sell to patients for about $30 per tube - is made from dried milk powder!! (Such a clever idea - and the ADA make money from the patent on the intellectual property !!) http://www.mi-paste.com/about.php
When milk is not so good..
(High Sugar-Low fat Milk and Mother's Breast Milk):
IF YOU HAVE CAVITY-FORMING BACTERIA IN YOUR MOUTH - sugars in "high-sugar milk" CAN provide energy to these bacteria - and allow them to cause cavities.
High-sugar milk is in fact LOW FAT milk ( the proportion of sugars are greater as the fat content is reduced) and mother's breast milk. If you use xylitol to clean the mouth and eradicate Strep mutans (cavity bacteria) - then there will NOT be any cavity-forming bacteria and breast milk will be safe - since there are no cavity-forming bacteria to feed!
Formula milk is detrimental to teeth - and it lacks any protective effects on teeth.
Antibiotics in Milk:
The other concern are antibiotics in our commercial milk supply. A course of antibiotics can damage the protein film that normally (in health) protects our teeth from damage and infection. I suppose there is a chance that today's milk supply could have enough antibiotics in it to reduce or damage this film and leave teeth open to infection and erosion. I personally don't think this is a big concern - but I am sure milk from a farm grazing cow would be better and antibiotic free.
Because of these differences between whole milk and formula milk - milk has been given a bad name with dentists. The truth is that whole milk is tooth protective. Breast milk is safe - if the baby's mouth is clean and free from cavity-forming bacteria (use xylitol).
For the reasons above - raw milk would probably be best for teeth - with properties that promote healing teeth and no antibiotics in the supply.
This lady (in my opinion) was telling the absolute truth.