Washington: Drinking a glass of milk after having sugary cereals for breakfast can prevent tooth cavities, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found. Dry ready-to-eat, sugar-added cereals combine refined sugar and starch. When those carbohydrates are consumed, bacteria in the dental plaque on tooth surfaces produce acids, said principal investigator of the study, Christine Wu, professor of pediatric dentistry and director of cariology at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. According to the new research, published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, consuming a glass of milk after eating sugary breakfast cereal reduces plaque acid levels and may prevent damage to tooth enamel that leads to cavities. The new study, performed by Wu`s former graduate student Shilpa Naval, involved 20 adults eating 20 grams of dry Froot Loops cereal, then drinking different beverages - whole milk, 100 per cent apple juice, or tap water.
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