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Say Cheese! | Dr. Jacob Long DDS

Wilmington, NC Dentist

Cheese has long been celebrated for its high calcium content, crucial for building and maintaining strong teeth and bones. However, recent research indicates that cheese offers more than just calcium—it can actually help protect teeth against cavities. Dr. Jacob Long DDS at The Dental Studio shares some insights into how cheese benefits oral health.

How Cheese Prevents Cavities

When your child eats cheese, it triggers saliva production, which washes away sugars, acids, and bacteria from their teeth. Additionally, cheese is rich in calcium and phosphorous, essential minerals for strengthening tooth enamel. Moreover, certain compounds in cheese adhere to tooth enamel, providing an extra layer of protection against acids in the mouth.

Not All Cheeses Are Equal

Not all cheeses offer the same dental benefits. Stick to real cheese varieties rather than processed ones for the greatest benefit. Processed cheeses like American cheese or cheese dips often contain added sugars that can harm teeth and have reduced cheese content, leading to enamel erosion.

Best Cheeses for Your Child

There’s a wide array of real cheese options packed with calcium and great for dental health. For kids who enjoy aged cheeses, Cheddar, Swiss, or Monterey Jack are excellent choices. If they prefer softer cheeses, Mozzarella, Brie, or Camembert are tasty options. For the more adventurous palate, Gorgonzola, Roquefort, and similar cheeses offer unique flavors and dental benefits.

Low-Fat Options Are Equally Beneficial

If your family follows a low-fat diet, rest assured that low-fat or non-fat cheese versions provide the same tooth-protecting benefits as full-fat varieties. They contain the same essential minerals and compounds crucial for dental health.

Choose Cheese for Healthy Smiles

Instead of sugary or starchy snacks, consider offering your child cheese. It’s not only delicious but also beneficial for their teeth. For more healthy snacking ideas and personalized dental advice, contact The Dental Studio today.

Dr. Jacob Long DDS and The Dental Studio team are here to support you in maintaining optimal oral health for your family.

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Wilmington, NC 28411

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