Everyone in Oregon loves Tillamook cheese! This is one of the first things I realized when I moved here 5 years ago and the only cheese my wife would buy was Tillamook. But why does everyone love Tillamook cheese? And have you wondered Why Tillamook Cheese Is Good For Your Smile? Well, it is 100% real cheese made with high quality milk and no preservatives. Tillamook has also been using the same recipe for over 100 years, so it is easy to say experience is on their side. But one thing Tillamook cheese might not know is that their cheese can be good for your teeth and smile.
How is cheese good for your teeth you might ask? Well, when you eat cheese it stimulates saliva production. Saliva helps keep our teeth clean by flushing away dirty bacteria and other food particles around our teeth. Saliva also helps carry minerals to our teeth like calcium. Thus helping remineralize the teeth and keeping them strong.
Delta Dental reports that, “Cheese unleashes a burst of calcium that mixes with plaque and sticks to the teeth, protecting them from the acid that causes decay and helping to rebuild tooth enamel on the spot.”
A recent studypublished by The Academy of General Dentistry states, “Eating cheese was shown in a new study to increase dental plaque pH, which in turn decreased the odds of developing cavities in patients.” pH is a measue of how much acid is in our mouth. A low pH would mean that the enviroment in the mouth is very acidic which can lead to cavities. By eating cheese we can raise the pH thus decreasing the chance of forming cavities.
Now with all this good news about the wonderful affects of cheese, don’t swap out your toothbrush and floss for a wheel of cheddar cheese. Daily brushing and flossing habits should also be followed. Also visiting your dentist every 6 months will allow the dentist to observe if any cavities are starting allow for preventative action.
If you have any quesitons about the benefits of cheese or question related to teeth just call 503-670-7088 or visit Tigard Dentist Dr. Justin Marostica at TenderCare Dental.