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You might know that calcium found in dairy products like cheese builds strong teeth and bones, but did you know that according to a new study eating cheese can prevent cavities?

During the study, researchers looked at the dental plaque pH in the subjects’ mouths before and after they consumed cheese, milk or sugar-free yogurt. If your pH level is lower than 5.5, you are at risk for tooth erosion, which wears away the protective outside layer of teeth. But if your pH level is above 5.5, you have a lower chance of developing cavities.

The groups who consumed milk and sugar-free yogurt experienced no changes in the pH levels in their mouths. But those who ate cheese, displayed a rapid increase in pH levels, suggesting that cheese has anti-cavity properties.

The rising pH levels from eating cheese might result from how chewing cheese increases saliva production, which is the mouth’s natural way to maintain a baseline acidity level. Also, the various compounds found in cheese may adhere to tooth enamel and help protect teeth from acid.

The best way to prevent cavities is still to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, floss daily and visit your dentist for a bi-annual check-up—but feel free to add eating cheese into your dental routine too!

If you are in need of a dental check-up, contact the Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today and set-up your appointment.