The item in your fridge that could help prevent tooth decay

Preventing tooth decay could be as easy as eating this common fridge item!

Who knew that the humble block of cheese could help your oral health?

Dentist, Alistair Graham reveals that cheese is great for your teeth! 

"Not only does it have high levels of phosphate and calcium, which naturally strengthen teeth and bones, but it also helps balance the pH level in your mouth, which means less harmful acid, more cleansing saliva and fewer cavities," he tells.

Since increased saliva flow is good for your mouth health, Alistair says that chewing sugar-free chewing gum can also help stimulate saliva. "This is a very good way to neutralise the acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth and to bring the pH back to neutral," he says. 

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Apart from cheese, Aussie oral health care organisation Caredent add some other ways you can keep your teeth in tip top shape:

  • Don't just blame sugar for cavities, highly acidic foods and sticky foods can leave teeth vulnerable, too.
  • Avoid skipping tap water as it usually contains fluoride, which is necessary for healthy teeth.  
  • Dark chocolate (with at least 70 per cent cacao), contains a compound called CBH, which has been shown to help harden tooth enamel. 

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