Interesting research from the Academy of General Dentistry shows that not all food is bad for your teeth. We all know that dairy products are recommended for bone health, but now we have a study that shows certain dairy foods can protect your teeth. This study tracked the PH levels in the subject’s mouths. PH levels below 5.5 encourage tooth decay while PH levels above 5.5 provide protection against cavities.
The study asked participants to eat either cheddar cheese, milk or sugar-free yogurt. After eating, the PH levels were measured in each of the participant’s mouths. The subjects who drank milk or ate yogurt experienced no change in their oral PH levels. The subjects who ate cheddar cheese had a rapid increase in PH levels.
So what does this mean to all of us? It doesn’t change the basics. Brush your teeth regularly, see your Newnan dentist twice yearly, and don’t forget to floss. But in a pinch when you can’t brush, finish off your meal with cheese.