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Cheese – A Delicious, Nutritious, Vitamin-Packed Cavity Fighter!

September 19, 2013

Filed under: Cavities and Dental Decay,Diet for Health,Tooth Decay — Dr Gillis @ 3:52 am

Yes, it’s true!

Research suggests that eating cheese may help prevent the development of cavities.  In a recent study published in General Dentistry, the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) found that consuming (eating!) cheese changes the pH in our mouths.  The pH is raised or becomes less acidic after eating cheese or at least the cheddar cheese tested.  And, this may help reduce the risk of tooth minerals being lost – the start of cavities – due to the acids produced by the bacteria in everyone’s mouths.  Tooth erosion from bacterial acids (crudely put as bacterial ‘pee’) causes tooth erosion and cavities or holes in the teeth.  The researchers randomly divided 68 subjects aged 12 to 15 into three groups and monitored dental plaque pH (dental plaque is basically bacteria and proteins and goo from our bodies and our diet) before and after the consumption of different groups

  • One group ate sugar-free yogurt
  • One group drank milk
  • One group ate cheddar cheese

The levels of pH were measured at 10, 20, and 30 minutes after eating or drinking.  A change in pH was only observed in the individuals who consumed cheese, whose oral pH rose at each time interval.  The act of chewing stimulates saliva production and is at least partly responsible for the rise in pH.  Compounds in the cheese may stick to the teeth which MAY provide additional cavity protection.

Cheese is good for you too – nutrient and mineral packed.  There are also a lot of calories so it is smart to consume responsibly.  We recommend regular brushing and flossing as well.  Cover your bases!

Coming soon – Is Chocolate Good For Your Teeth?

Our office believes in healthy teeth, healthy mouths, and your overall health.  A well balanced diet is part of this.  Brushing and flossing are like exercise for your teeth and we all know regular exercise is good for us.  Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Please visit our web site at www.juliegillisdds.com for information about us!  We hope you will find us on Facebook and like us!  See Julie M Gillis DDS PC!  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis DDS

“Caring For and Enhancing Your Smile”

 

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