They tell you to say “cheese” while smiling as you’re having your picture taken.
When you smile, they say you have a “cheesing smile.”
The word “cheese” is often used when it comes to your pearly whites, but you may not know that a healthy smile and the consumption of cheese have been found to have a correlation.
New research has found that those who intake more cheese have less risk of developing dental caries.
Because cheese contains loads of phosphorus and calcium, this aids in providing strong teeth, in turn, helping to protect the teeth from developing cavities.
As well as this, cheese contains enamel-building substances such as whey protein and casein.
So, which types of cheese are the best in fighting off cavity-causing bacteria?
- Soft-ripened cheeses such as brie, truffle tremor, and chevrot
- Blue cheeses such as Roquefort, gorgonzola, and cabrales
- Aged cheeses such as cheddar, gruyere, and gouda
Be sure that when you are consuming cheese to avoid processed and sugary products such as sprayable cheese, certain cheese dips, and other cheese products containing processed ingredients. Processed cheeses containing sugar increase risk of cavities and counteract with the cheese’s natural ability to prevent dental caries.
As well as this, because these processed products contain other ingredients, there’s less cheese product contained within them, providing much less of a benefit. Go for as natural as possible when it comes to cheese.
Do other dairy products provide this benefit?
We know that cheese is great in strengthening the teeth, fighting against cavities, and providing probiotics helpful in fighting plaque and other harmful bacteria throughout the body.
From this, one may believe that milk and yogurts with no added sugars make for great cavity-fighting food products as well, but according to research done previously, this cannot be concluded, at least not instantly after consumption.
However, these products may provide plaque-fighting probiotics that will, after considerable consumption, help in fighting cavities overtime.
In fact, a study published in General Dentistry’s May/June 2013 issue found that dairy products do in fact provide oral benefit. The study contained 68 people in the 12-15 age range, all of which had their oral pH taken post-study. Certain levels of pH indicate how high or low one’s risk is for dealing with tooth erosion as well as how well one is in fighting against cavities. Higher pH’s indicate better cavity fighting.
The subjects were then placed into one of three groups at random. One group consumed milk, another consumed cheese, and the third group consumed sugarless yogurt. Each subject would consume their assigned dairy product for three minutes before rinsing their mouth out with water. Those conducting the study checked each subject’s oral pH levels once again every 10 minutes after consumption.
To conclude, the Academy of General Dentistry found that only those who consumed the cheese had a positive change in their oral pH level, however, the other two consumed products had no effect on the subjects. Perhaps the cheese provided more saliva production, helping to change the pH level of the mouth so quickly after consumption.
However, this is not to say that dairy products in general do not provide such benefit, but rather that their cavity-fighting ingredients may require substantial consumption to provide positive benefit for the mouth orally. But through this study, it appears that cheese has had the best and fastest acting aid in creating a healthier mouth.