Did you know that eating cheese, brie in particular, is a great way to help prevent cavities? It may seem unusual but brie is full of vitamins and minerals that promote oral health and strong teeth. It can even help eradicate tooth decay that is already in the process of forming!
Dental Studies That Cheese Lovers Love!
In 2013, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) conducted a study to observe the results of dairy products on oral health. A group of young people ranging from 12 to 15 years of age was tested for the effects of milk, sugar-free yogurt, and cheese on the dental plaque pH level in their mouths.
- A pH level lower than 5.5 puts you at risk for tooth erosion where the protective outside layer of enamel is worn away.
- A pH level of 5.5 and higher reduces the chance of developing cavities.
There was no change in the oral pH levels of the subjects that consumed the milk or sugar-free yogurt. However, the subjects that consumed the cheese experienced a rapid increase in pH levels, which suggests that cheese contains anti-cavity properties.
Why Eat Brie Cheese?
If you are already a fan of brie, you may not need any additional convincing – it just tastes good! And for a children or adults with sensitive teeth, brie is soft and very easy to chew. But more than that, studies show that brie cheese actually wards away bacteria in the mouth.
- Eating brie increases the production of alkaline (high pH) saliva, which neutralizes plaque-forming bacteria.
- The high level of probiotic bacteria reduces or eliminates cavity-causing bacteria.
- It creates a protective film around the teeth, which creates a barrier for bacteria.
- Brie contains a high level of calcium, which is necessary for maintaining hard tooth enamel.
- Brie is one of the top sources for vitamin K (75 mcg per ounce), which is essential for absorbing calcium in teeth.
So next time you’re eating brie, you can feel confident that you’re helping keep your teeth healthy while keeping your stomach happy. For more dental health-related tips, contact Vann Family Dental. We are always here to answer your questions and concerns.
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