Did you know that eating cheese could help you fight cavities?
While it may come as a surprise, a 2014 study in the Academy of General Dentistry clinical journal points to the fact that cheese is good for your teeth. That’s right, that slice of sharp cheddar is looking better and better.
The reason that cheese is good for your teeth has to do with pH levels. If the pH level in your mouth is below 5.5 then you are at risk for tooth erosion. Tooth erosion is the wearing away of the enamel, the glossy, protective outside layer of teeth, which makes you more prone to cavities and other oral health problems.
After eating cheese, there was a rapid increase of saliva production in those participating in the study. As their saliva increased, the participant’s oral pH levels increased as well. This discovery led doctors to believe that cheese may help ward off cavities. So go ahead and add cheese to the list of foods to eat for a healthy mouth. Next time you bring a salad for lunch, crumble up some cheese on it for an added health benefit for your teeth.