Say Cheese – It Helps Your Smile

Say “cheese” and help your smile! We usually say “cheese” in photos but now saying cheese might be a snack that is good for your teeth. Cheese seems to have certain properties that make it better at fighting cavities than other dairy products.cheese

New research was published in the May/June issue of General Dentistry and it looked at the differences in dental plaque pH levels before and after people consumed cheese, milk or sugar-free yogurt. A pH level above 5.5 reduces the risk of developing cavities.

The people that consumed milk and yogurt didn’t show any changes in the pH levels in their mouths. The cheese eaters showed a rapid increase in pH levels at 10, 20 and 30 minutes after consumption. This suggests that cheese offers cavity protection. The increased levels may have been due to increased saliva production caused by chewing and researchers believe that various compounds found in the cheese may adhere to the tooth enamel offering protection.

Protecting against cavities is something we work on every day but sometimes cavities happen and you need a filling! Relax, today we don’t use those ugly mercury amalgam fillings – new restorative materials are the same color as your teeth and are virtually invisible in your mouth. If you feel anxious or fearful at the thought of having a tooth filled we can help!

Sedation dentistry offers you the chance to get the care you need while remaining totally calm and relaxed.

Please contact Rothfus Family Dental in Medford, OR today at 541-858-7994 to schedule your next visit.