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Is Cheese Good for Your Teeth?

Posted on 10/24/2022 by Jonathan J. Golab, DDS, PA
Is Cheese Good for Your Teeth?Have you ever wondered why we say 'cheese' when taking pictures as we smile? While we cannot ascertain why this word was chosen in the first place, we know it makes people smile the world over for photographs. What you may not be aware of is that cheese is in fact great for teeth!

The pros of eating cheese to your dental health

Cheese has a protein called casein, which coats your teeth while you enjoy your cheese. This protein layers a protective film that helps to repel acid that would otherwise cling to the teeth' enamel.

In addition, the protein stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, which efficiently rinses away bacteria, sugars, and acids. Cheese that has a firm texture such as cheddar, is especially good at stimulating the production of saliva in your mouth. Apart from containing characteristics that benefit your teeth, the high protein content in cheese will keep you satisfied for longer.

Another benefit of cheese to your oral health is that it can help regulate the pH value in your mouth, and this is especially critical to maintaining good oral health. When the pH within our mouths is not balanced, it can become too acidic thus promoting the process of decay.

Lastly, cheese has a very high content of calcium, a naturally occurring mineral that is key for teeth and bone health. Now that you have a good grasp of the benefits of including cheese in your diet, you may be wondering which type of cheese is good for you. According to reputed dentists, you want to go for cheese that has not undergone a lot of processes during its preparation. Some good examples include cream cheese, mozzarella, cottage cheese, mascarpone, and ricotta. However, you can safely consume whatever type of cheese you like and still reap the benefits
Remember to regularly brush your teeth and floss even as you enjoy your cheese. You should also prioritize dental appointments, and our dedicated team of dentists is ready to offer quality dental services.
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