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Say Cheese: How Your Favorite Snack Could Be Your Smile's Secret Weapon

This Cheese-Infused Toothpaste Will Give You A Brie-lliant Smile!

April Fools!

Picture this: a world where toothpaste comes in flavors like cheddar, gouda, or even camembert. Sounds like the ultimate April Fools' prank, right? Well, while a cheese-infused toothpaste might be a bit outlandish, the idea of cheese being good for your teeth isn't so far-fetched after all.

According to dentist Joel Berg, DDS, chief dental officer at Willo, indulging in your favorite cheese, whether it's brie, goat, blue, or cheddar, could actually be beneficial for your dental health. "Cheese is a friend to your oral health for a few reasons," says Dr. Berg. "First of all, it's low in carbohydrates, which makes it hard for the oral bacteria biofilm in your mouth to convert carbs to sugar to acid, the latter of which can contribute to tooth decay." So, maybe a celebratory charcuterie board isn't such a bad idea after all!

Cheese Board

But wait, there's more! Dr. Berg explains, "Cheese can also help maintain the pH balance in our mouths, which is very important for maintenance of oral health. When our mouth’s pH gets out of balance, especially when it becomes too acidic, the cavity forming, tooth decaying process goes into overdrive."

And let's not forget about calcium, the mineral that's key for the health of your bones and teeth. Guess what? Cheese is loaded with it!

Now, you might be wondering if certain cheeses are better for your teeth than others. According to Dr. Berg, minimally processed cheeses like cottage cheese, ricotta, cream cheese, mascarpone, and mozzarella are your best bet. "Cheese in the form of string cheese is low in fat and carbs, and it is usually formed from mozzarella," he adds. But hey, if you have a particular cheese that you absolutely adore, go ahead and enjoy it guilt-free!

Of course, while cheese can be a tasty addition to your oral health routine, it's important not to neglect the basics. Remember to floss, brush your teeth, and schedule regular dental check-ups.

After all, as much as we'd love it to be true, there's no evidence yet that cheese can protect you from gingivitis. But hey, a little dreaming never hurt anyone!

So, next time you're craving a snack, reach for a slice of cheese and know that you're not just satisfying your taste buds—you're also giving your teeth something to smile about. Who knew that the key to a brie-lliant smile could be found in cheese?


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