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Cheese Fights Cavities?

Like my claymation pals Wallace and Gromit, I love cheese. With its high concentration of saturated fat, cheese doesn't have a healthy reputation. I just learned a new reason to love cheese — it helps fight cavities.

From its texture to its mineral contents, cheese helps keep your teeth healthy. The texture of cheese actually increases the secretion of saliva, which helps keep cavities at bay. Nutrients found in cheese, like calcium, phosphorous, and protein, actually neutralize plaque. Eating a chunk of cheese after a sugary treat will neutralize the negative effects that sugar has on your teeth. Plus, cheese might also help remineralize tooth enamel, which means stronger teeth. Talk about a winning situation for your mouth, from taste to health.

As a cheese lover, I find this news heartening. What about you?


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chameleon7 chameleon7 8 years
I am a cheese lover (or maybe cheese freak...)and I never had cavities until last year - at least when I found out I had them. So I am not sure if there is any truth to this.
MaggieLei MaggieLei 8 years
In one of Michael Pollen's books he suggested that it is a healthy diet, not hygiene that protects teeth from cavities, so I guess I'm not that surprised. Bring on the Brie!
VennieB VennieB 8 years
Talk about good news! Haha, my boyfriend always jokes that the only things he can guarantee are in my fridge at any given time are cheese and beer :P
Neural Neural 8 years
Agreed-- any excuse!!!
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
Any excuse!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Yay this is a grea reason for me to eat more cheese!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I'm a cheese lover and I've never had a cavity. Maybe there's no link for me, but it's a good excuse to keep eating it!
vitisva vitisva 8 years
This is fantastic!
JessicaLE JessicaLE 8 years
I'd kill for a great gouda or havarti... but I've had six cavities. Oh well! Can't win em all!
countchocula countchocula 8 years
MMMM YAY. Like the above posters, I've also never had a cavity and I eat a good amount of cheese.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
Me, too, Bethinabox! I love cheese, and I've never had a cavity. This must be true! :) My dentist always says my teeth are perfect!
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
That is quite wonderful. :) I do love me some cheese. Maybe that's why I've never had a cavity... Lol.
kittyhill kittyhill 8 years
What great news! I also read that dark chocolate can support oral health as well. Woohoo!
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