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When you think of tools to keep your teeth clean and healthy, cheese probably isn’t on that list, or even on the same planet. Yet for over a decade, dentists and medical professionals have known that cheese doesn’t just taste good, it’s good for you and your teeth. While observant readers might remember that cheese is a milk product (and therefore high in calcium), that isn’t the only benefit provided by the snack. Keep reading to learn more about just how this world-wide ancient food can help your smile.
Cheese is a lot like super concentrated milk, just 30 grams (or 1.1 oz) of Cheddar cheese can provide as much protein and calcium as 200 grams (7.1 oz) of milk! It is very high in calcium, protein, and phosphorus. These properties strength and protect your natural enamel, making your teeth last longer, work better, and look great. Also, like chewing gum, Cheese will naturally increases the production of saliva, which helps to wash away dangerous acids and sugars from the surface of your teeth.
Cheese doesn’t just fight acid by increasing saliva production. Most foods cause an acidic reaction in your mouth, which slowly erodes the natural enamel of your teeth. Cheese helps to maintain the pH balance of your mouth by being alkali, countering the acidic properties of foods and soft drinks.
Some studies have even shown that the calcium and phosphorus in cheese helps to whiten teeth naturally. While it isn’t entirely certain if this is due only to these properties, or also combined with the increase in saliva generation (which would clean your teeth of staining materials), cheese will definitely keep your teeth brighter and your smile whiter.
Lactose Intolerant Friendly
If you can’t stomach milk, don’t worry. Cheese contains very little lactose, especially aged cheeses such as Cheddar, Brie, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Swiss, and Romano. If you still find yourself unable to eat cheese, don’t sweat it. Just keep up with your regular dental hygiene, good dietary habits, and avoid tobacco.
Cheese is a great tool to use, but remember that it is not a substitute for brushing and flossing. For the best dental health possible keep up with your regular hygiene routines and dental cleanings.
Irvine Dentist Dr. Neda Khodai is ready to help keep your smile looking great and your mouth healthy. Call us at 949-553-1111 or click below to get in touch with Barranca Dental Excellence in Irvine, Orange County California. Se Habla Español!
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