You've heard people tell you to say "cheese" when you're having your picture taken, probaby more times than you can count. There is another reason you should be saying "cheese"...or "YES" to eating cheese. Although most people have heard that chewing sugar free gum is recommended if you cannot brush your teeth twenty minutes after eating, most may not know that eating cheese can also provide a dental benefit.
CBS News reported on the results of a study that was published in the May/June 2013 issue of General Dentistry, a publication of the Academy of General Dentistry. The study showed that cheese increases dental plaque pH, but in this case, the plaque increase is not a bad thing. When a person eats cheese, the increase of the pH of the plaque on your teeth, creates a protective coating that may lower the risk of tooth decay.
An analysis of the story from the General Dentistry journal, including the details of the study and its participants, was published in Science Daily. The study looked at 68 children between the ages of 12 and 15. A similar study was conducted by British researchers who reported their findings in the British Dental Journal in 1999. The conclusion was that cheese has anti-cavity properties. That is not the only benefit, however. In another study, researchers found that cheese may give teeth a protective coating that helps lessen enamel erosion caused by acidic foods, particularly from sugar-sweetened soft drinks.
So don't just say cheese for pictures. If you want to have a happy, healthy and long-lasting smile, go for cheese. If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our dental office at 918-455-0123!