If you are said to have a cheesy smile, it’s not thought to be a
compliment. Yet according to recent dental studies, cheese may just be the key
ingredient to healthy teeth and a healthy smile as it can offer protection from
acid erosion—the breakdown of enamel brought on by coffee, tea,
wine, soda, and other similar drinks.
to Academy of General
Dentistry study, our mouths naturally have a slightly acidic pH. When we
ingest things like coffee, soda, tea, etc. the pH level sinks even lower, potentially
damaging the tooth enamel. Cheese dairy products, consumed shortly after or
with these acidic food products create saliva. The saliva then acts as a
neutralizing agent, restoring and even elevating the pH levels in our mouths.
course, the easiest way to protect your teeth from excess amounts of acids is
to not drink soda, coffee, tea or any other thing that causes acid build-up.
For most of us, that’s not terribly realistic. Fortunately, we’re learning more
and more ways to minimize the impact of these acids. It certainly gives new
meaning to cheesy smile and just saying cheese.
is not the only dairy product that has this impact. While cheese can restore
and elevate pH levels for 30 minutes after consumption, milk and yogurt can
have the same impact but for just 10 minutes.
creating saliva, cheese also contains teeth-strengthening casein phosphate. So
cheese has the dual benefit of strengthening teeth and sustaining the color of
beauty of eating cheese for oral health is that you don’t have to eat a whole
block of cheese to get this benefit. About a third of a slice of cheese creates
enough saliva to minimize the acidity from a glass of wine you might have with
dinner, especially if you nibble occasionally on the cheese during the course
of your meal.
when it comes to taking care of your teeth, just say cheese.