We all know that cheese is a great source of calcium and protein. Whether you prefer Swiss, mozzarella, or Gouda, cheese offers a variety of essential vitamins and minerals that are excellent for healthy strong bones. Now here’s a secret you might not know…cheese is great for your teeth, too!

Okay, let’s discuss why the protein and calcium are good. Proteins aid in the building and repairing of the body’s tissues. Calcium promotes tooth strength, which helps to prevent cavities and the wearing of tooth enamel.

Cheese also stimulates saliva, an important fluid that washes the mouth clean and reduces plaque build-up. In fact, cheese acts like a polisher for your teeth. Furthermore, the oils in cheese create a shield on your teeth that can protect against staining. If you’re drinking red wine, eat cheese first!

This delightful dairy product also contains phosphate, a mineral that balances the pH inside your mouth. A more balanced pH level will reduce the development of acids in your mouth and counteract the acids already there. A balanced pH also helps alleviate bad breath.

Dr. Locke wants to remind you that regular dental checkups and healthy living goes a long way in preventing oral health problems. To schedule your appointment for cleanings, checkups, or a consultation, call our Waco, TX dentist office at 254-776-4888.