A comparative study of acidogenic potential of milk and commonly used milk formulae

Updesh Masih, Pooja Mahay, Manisha Prabhakar, Joy L Joshi


Aims & Objective: Oral health of an individual has its origin mainly during infancy and early childhood. The present study was designed with the objectives of comparing the human plaque pH changes after consumption of milk and infant milk formulae. Materials &methods: The study was carried out on thirty school going children of 8-12 years.  The acidogenic potential of following commonly used milk formulae was observed i.e. :  Lactogen 2 , Lactodex 2 , Amulspray , along with sweetened and plain milk ( verka ) , in terms of their effect on the hydrogen ion concentration of human dental plaque. Results: A sharp plaque pH fall in the case of sweetened milk was observed which was below the critical value of 5.5. Conclusion: In diet counseling procedures, we recommend usage of all the above mentioned infant formulae, but Lactodex-2 should be given preference.


milk;plaque; infant formulae;caries


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