That dairy products are beneficial for good bone health of the organism is known to all. But recent studies have proven that consuming cheese and other dairy products could also help protect tooth decay, according to the American Dental Association.

The research divided the participants into four different groups, which were assigned the intake of cheese, milk, yogurt without sugar, and paraffin as a control element. After chewing or holding food in the mouth for three minutes, the mouth was rinsed with water, and the pH of the dental plaque was measured in four different places in the mouth, with intervals of 10, 20 and 30 minutes.

This could be verified that the pH levels for those who had consumed the cheese had increased rapidly at each measurement interval, which seems to prove that the cheese has important anti-caries properties.

And this is concluded because a pH lower than 5.5 poses a risk of dental erosion, a level that was widely exceeded by the consumption of cheese.

This elevation of the pH could be motivated by the increase of the production of saliva in the chewing, in addition to other compounds that are own of the cheese and can adhere to the dentine creating a protection against the acid.