Did you know that there are more than 1,000 types of cheese? Packed with calcium and able to restore enamel, this dairy product is more than just a tasty topping — it can also offer a boost to your dental health. But before you stock up your fridge, make sure you know your cheeses. Not all types offer the same advantages.
When you’re looking for a tooth-friendly appetizer, these cheeses are the real deal.
- Monterey Jack
“Take it easy” cheeses
With added sugars and reduced cheese content, processed cheese products can wear down your enamel, increasing your chance for cavities.
- Pre-packaged cheese dips
- Cheese sprays
- American cheese
The magic behind the cheese
What is it about cheese that makes it so good for your teeth? A number of factors help stop decay.
- Calcium and phosphorus strengthen bone.
- Casein and whey protein build up enamel to prevent cavities.
- Chewing stimulates saliva flow to wash away sugar and bacteria.