Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Go Ahead, Enjoy Your Cheese!

Have you ever read the book "Who Moved My Cheese"? (If you haven't it is a great book, I definitely recommend.) Well, for those of you who want to protect from cavities, that phrase could become common in your household.

A study that was published in the June 2013 issue of Journal of General Dentistry reveals that cheese increases the dental plaque pH level of the mouth above 5.5 which, in essence, reduced the chances of that person getting a cavity. This does not apply to all dairy products. Milk and sugar free yogurt were also used in the study. Those results showed no change in the dental plaque pH level, which doesn't hurt your mouth or put you at risk, but it doesn't help it either. 

So, why cheese? Let me explain. The study suggests that it has to do with saliva. Saliva creates and maintains the acidity level in your mouth. The increased chewing motion of eating the cheese creates more saliva. Combine that with the vitamins, nutrients and other compounds in cheese that can stick to the tooth enamel and the result you get is better protection against cavities.

Of course, we all know that the BEST way to protect from cavities and other dental related problems is to maintain good oral health practices and visit your dentist on a regular basis.

But, go ahead, enjoy your cheese!


Sources: Journal of General Dentistry, May/June 2013 Issue
              Science Daily http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130605130118.htm


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