Eat Cheese for More “Say Cheese!” Smiles in Your Life

While skipping on cheese when munching on your sandwich or burger during lunchtime can save you the extra calories and fat, the results of a recent study by the Academy of General Dentistry suggests otherwise. Here at our Massachusetts dental practice, we have been encouraging our clients, both the young and old, to eat more cheese for naturally beautiful say-cheese smiles. Read on below to learn why.

Cheese Helps Neutralize Your Mouth’s Acidic Levels

By and large, the researchers found out that cheese does more than promote excellent bone health. First of all, your mouth is slightly acidic due to the food and drinks you consume. This constant level of acidity will most likely wear out your enamel which in turn will lead to a host of oral health problems such as tooth sensitivity and formation of cavities.

While your saliva can neutralize the constant acidic levels in your mouth, outside help may be needed from time to time.  Enter cheese to the rescue!  The researchers of the study found out that cheese can help elevate your mouth’s pH levels (more alkaline rather than acidic) for 30 minutes after consumption. Milk and yogurt’s alkaline effects only lasted for 10 minutes. In addition, the phosphorous and calcium in cheese aids in the remineralization of the enamel.

So pick that cheese the next time you hit the supermarket and do your teeth a favor! If you’d like to learn more how to eat to improve oral health, get in touch with us today! Call us at (413) 241-3264 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment today. It is our goal to make your smile naturally beautiful and healthy!

 

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