Dairy products are beneficial for healthy teeth and strong bones. Research shows that cheese, specifically, is one of the healthiest snacks for your child’s oral health.
Cheese wins for healthy teeth
A study measured 68 participants who chewed or swished either cheese, milk, sugar free yogurt, or a control (paraffin). Researchers measured dental plaque Ph levels at various intervals after consumption. Only the participants in the cheese group showed significant change in pH level. It increased rapidly at each interval. Chewing the cheese likely increased saliva production. In addition, helpful compounds in cheese may stick to tooth enamel and provide protection.
Cheese is a natural cavity fighter
Cheddar, Monterey jack, mozzarella, and swiss cheese stimulate saliva and have shown cavity-fighting properties. Encourage the kids to eat cheese for snacks and after meals. You can make cheese snacks more interesting by cutting into fun shapes or serving with colorful vegetables. Cheese and fruit kabobs are another fun way to serve cheese to kids who are old enough to handle the skewer safely.
For a list of more foods that are good for teeth, as well as those to avoid, click over to healthy foods for your mouth.