Say ‘cheese’: Eating cheese can help your teeth
Did you know that there are more than 1,000 types of cheese? Packed with calcium and able to restore enamel, this dairy product is more than just a tasty topping — it can also offer a boost to your dental health. But before you stock up your fridge, make sure you know your cheeses. Not all types offer the same advantages.
When you’re looking for a tooth-friendly appetizer, these cheeses are the real deal.
- Monterey Jack
“Take it easy” cheeses
With added sugars and reduced cheese content, processed cheese products can wear down your enamel, increasing your chance for cavities.
- Pre-packaged cheese dips
- Cheese sprays
- American cheese
The magic behind the cheese
What is it about cheese that makes it so good for your teeth? A number of factors help stop decay.
- Calcium and phosphorus strengthen bone.
- Casein and whey protein build up enamel to prevent cavities.
- Chewing stimulates saliva flow to wash away sugar and bacteria.
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Published: October 2015