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Posted on 2/25/2019 by Dr. Elizabeth Vivona
|Who doesn't love cheese? A delicious hunk of brie served with a glass of fine wine, or some melty, ooey-gooey cheddar between two slices of toasted bread for a delicious grilled sandwich, cheese is a tasty cornerstone of many diets.
We already know the benefits of calcium for strong bones and teeth, but did you know that cheese has a special type of protein called "casein” that can also protect your teeth?
Why You Need to Eat Cheese Daily for Healthy Teeth
Not only is cheese a great way to improve the flavor of a meal, it's also an excellent way to strengthen and preserve your teeth. Did you know that eating cheese can protect your teeth from tooth decay?
Not only does it have calcium, which can aid in re-mineralizing your teeth, it also has phosphates in it that can also help keep them healthy and strong.
Researchers also discovered that casein, the type of protein found in cheese, acts as a powerful anti-cavity solution, too. When they introduced casein to teeth, they discovered that eating casein-rich foods is just as effective as using fluoride on your teeth. It's the equivalent of 500ppm of fluoride solution in your mouth!
Another fascinating thing researchers found about cheese is that it can change the pH levels in your mouth. The higher the pH, the more protected your teeth are. Sugar, for instance, can lower your pH and increase your risk for cavities. Cheese, however, raises the pH in your mouth, making it more basic. While yogurt and milk didn't have the same effects, cheese did.
The compounds in cheese can also coat your teeth, protecting them from tooth decay.
With all the benefits of cheese, why not grab a slice to enjoy right now? And once you're done eating your yummy snack, give us a call here today to schedule a dental appointment to also help keep your teeth healthy, clean, and strong!
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