Cheese Consumption Can Help Prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth cavities can be prevented by the consumption of cheese. This food processed from milk is believed to increase the amount of saliva, thus keeping acid level (pH) in the mouth. The higher level of pH (more alkaline) on the surface of the tooth, The more protected tooth from decay as said by Ernest Wong, DDS, MS.

According to a new study, The cheese also helps protect the enamel (the protective layer of the teeth) to release certain chemical compounds. The research, conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry in the U.S., dividing 68 children aged between 12 to 15, into three groups.

The first group was asked to consume daily servings of cheese. The second group is being asked to consume sugar-free yogurt, and a glass of milk, followed by rinsing with mouth wash solution.

Researchers then measure the pH level of the teeth on each volunteer into four periods, namely before the tests / trials, as well as ten minutes, 20 minutes and 30 minutes after ingestion.

Volunteers are eating yogurt or drinking milk showed no change in pH in their mouth at one interval, said lead researcher Vipul Yadav.

However, respondents who eat cheese showed a drastic increase in the pH level of the mouth at each time interval.

Reported by, a spokesman for the research said, “Subjects who ate cheese showed a rapid increase in pH levels at each time interval, indicating that the cheese has anti-cavity.” The study results were published in the journal General Dentistry.