Diet & Dental Health

There’s a Reason Milk & Cookies Are the Perfect Pair

It’s hard to live without sweets, whether you’re a kid, a teenager, or adult. Of course, we all think of kids as the biggest sweet lovers in the world, but it’s actually funny to realize that so many adults out there have a huge sweet tooth that they like to satisfy every once in awhile.

One of those treats that have caught my fancy as of late is cookies, thanks to being easy to bake and lasting quite awhile in comparison to some more delicate baked goods. The best part is that they’re convenient for carrying to work or class as a snack, they can be eaten as a quick breakfast, or even enjoyed as a midnight treat. (That last one is what gets me in trouble the most.)

There are some parts of cookies that are quite unhealthy on your teeth, however. So, not only do you need to watch out for the sugar and caloric content in cookies because of your weight or blood sugar levels, you need to make certain you’re not consuming too much sugar from cookies simply because of your teeth. Let’s dive into the ingredients within cookies that are best and worst for your teeth and how dentists recommend warding off any potential problems. I’ll note that it’s more important to focus on the components of different cookies rather than the types of cookies themselves when it comes to watching out for your health.

To start off, sucrose, which is your common sugar, is really bad for teeth. It forms sticky components that actually enhance tooth decay. That means cookies made with this sugar are especially problematic for your teeth, but the good thing is that other sweeteners aren’t as bad, and some are even good for you. For example, dried fruits are much gentler on your teeth and don’t have sucrose in them. In fact, they even have certain chemicals that actually fight gum disease and cavities. These are the beneficial sugars that you won’t mind eating in your cookies. Something that’s interesting about milk and cookies, though, is that milk helps to protect your teeth when you have it alongside some cookies. Not only do they pair extremely well regarding taste, but they also work in tandem to keep your teeth healthier. It makes sense when you give it some thought considering that your teeth may feel a little “fuzzy” or coated after drinking milk, which is the barrier that will ward off sugars.