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Cheesy grins may protect teeth from cavities

June 12, 2013

Filed under: Dental Care,Uncategorized — admin @ 8:33 am

A recent of cheese and dental health.

From the article:

Here’s one more reason to keep cheese lovers smiling: Cheese may help keep a smile healthy.

Eating cheese was shown in a new study to increase dental plaque pH, which in turn decreased the odds of developing cavities in patients. The study was published in the May/June 2013 issue General Dentistry.

After the initial dental plaque pH levels were taken, the subjects were told either to eat cheddar cheese, drink milk or eat sugar-free yogurt for three minutes and then rinse their mouths with water. The researchers then measured pH levels 10, 20 and 30 minutes after the subjects stopped eating.

The subjects who ate the milk and sugar-free yogurt had no pH changes. However, those who ate cheese had a quick, steady increase of pH as time progressed.

Researchers believe that eating cheese stimulates saliva production, which is the body’s way of keeping the mouth at a normal acidity level. The saliva acts as a flush to remove any residue in your mouth, and also provides a buffer against high levels of acidity.

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