Saturday was National Grilled Cheese Day. Many of us enjoy this comfort food so much, we certainly don’t celebrate the virtues of grilled cheese merely once a year. Bread is a slippery slope when talking about dental health, as refined carbohydrates are processed in your mouth just like sugar. But what about cheese? General Dentistry is a peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). In their May/June 2013 issue, one article showed the undeniable dental health benefits of cheese. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari will weigh in on this topic.
Cheese for Balancing pH
The research which the General Dentistry article was based on looked at 68 volunteers between the ages of 12 and 15. Plaque and pH levels of the participants were examined and recorded regardless of what they consumed for the first part of the research. Next, they were given one of the following dairy products: cheese, milk, or sugar-free yogurt. Once they were finished with their snack, the volunteers rinsed their mouths with plain water. Their pH levels were recorded three more times with ten minute increments between data collection. Since oral pH levels any lower than 5.5 signal an acidic environment, changes based on consumption of dairy products offered compelling insight into the idea that dairy foods are potentially neutralizing to acid. However, did one type of dairy, in particular, stand out?
Cheese Lovers: Say Cheese
The volunteers who were given milk and sugar-free yogurt maintained a steady pH balance throughout the experiment. However, the cheese consumers of the group exhibited a significant increase in their pH levels. This shows that cheese may have the ability to help your mouth fight off the germs which cause cavities. Calcium and other naturally occurring compounds in many of your favorite cheeses are the likely reason for the dental boost you might receive from saying “cheese.”
Farmington Hills General Dentist
Remember, dental health can affect overall health. Keep up with your regular checkups. You can contact Comfort Dental Spa by calling our Farmington Hills General dentist office at (248) 474-6434. We are happy to serve patients in Farmington Hills, MI, the 48335 zip code, and surrounding neighborhoods.