Dairy products are beneficial for strong bones – and teeth also. Did you know that cheese is one of the healthiest snacks for your child’s oral health?
Cheese and healthy teeth
A study measured several participants who chewed or swished either cheese, milk, sugar free yogurt, or a control. Afterward, researchers measured dental plaque Ph levels at 10, 20, and 30 minutes following consumption. The participants in the cheese group showed significant change in pH level. Participants in other groups did not. Chewing increases saliva production. In addition, cheese may stick to tooth enamel and provide extra protection from acids.
Cheese, a natural cavity fighter
Swss, cheddar, monterey jack, and mozzarella cheeses have all shown cavity-fighting properties. Encourage your children to eat cheese for snacks and after meals. Serve cheese with colorful and crisp vegetables. You can make cheese snacks more interesting by cutting it into fun shapes. Cheese and fruit kabobs provide another way to serve cheese in an interesting way (as long as children are old enough to handle skewers safely).
Crisp raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, and even sugar free chewing gum can also help to prevent cavities when chewed after meals. Water is always beneficial to the body and oral health. For more ideas on low-sugar snacks for children, visit our post healthy snacks for after school.