New research shows cheese may prevent cavities

New research shows cheese may prevent cavities

Released June 5, 2013

A new study published in the Academy of General Dentistry’s journal, General Dentistry, shows that cheese and other dairy products may help protect teeth against cavities.

The research studied a group of teenagers, and measured the acidity of the dental plaque before and after they consumed cheese, milk or sugar free yoghurt.

The acidity of the dental plaque is important. A pH of 5.5 or lower (which is an acidic state) puts a person at risk for developing tooth erosion or tooth decay. About 5.5, the PIH is a indicator of lists destruction of the tooth enamel. The closer to neutral your plaque’s pH, the less likely you are to develop erosion or decay of the enamel.

In the study, the teenagers who ate cheese showed a resulting rapid increase of pH levels in their mouths. The research is concluded that cheese has anti-cavity properties.

Great news for cheese lovers!

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-06/aogd-nrs060513.php

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