I bet you didn’t think that munching on cheese would help you fight cavities—well, it does.
While it may come as a surprise, a 2014 study in the Academy of General Dentistry clinical journal points to the fact that cheese is good for your teeth. That’s right, that slice of sharp cheddar is looking better and better.
The reason that cheese is good for your teeth has to do with pH. If the pH level in your mouth is below 5.5 then you are at risk for tooth erosion. Tooth erosion is the wearing away of the enamel, the glossy, protective outside layer of teeth. This makes you more prone to cavities and other oral health problems.
After eating cheese, however, the oral pH of those in the study had rapidly increased. This means that cheese may help ward off cavities. So go ahead and add cheese to the list of foods to eat for a healthy mouth. Next time you bring a salad for lunch, crumble up some cheese on it for an added health benefit for your teeth.