Parents know that cheese is a good source of calcium. The calcium found in cheese helps kids build strong bones and teeth and promotes overall health. But recent research shows that cheese may be even healthier than previously thought, particularly when it comes to children’s oral health. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, cheese helps fight cavities because it stimulates the mouth’s salivary glands. By activating these glands, cheese encourages the body to naturally protect its teeth from harmful acids and to carry away extra food particles.
The calcium and phosphorus in cheese also helps protect the enamel of teeth. As a result, AAPD suggests that parents encourage their kids to eat cheese as a snack or at the end of a meal to help prevent cavities from forming. This can be easily accomplished by giving them a stick of string cheese or a small handful of shredded cheese. Swiss, cheddar and mozzarella are all great choices. Ask your True Dental Discounts pediatric dentist for more information about this creative and delicious way to set your kids up for a lifetime of good oral health.