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How Casein from Cheese Protects Your Teeth

Posted on 10/20/2019 by Louis Taglia Jr. DDS
How Casein from Cheese Protects Your TeethDairy products are important and good for your overall health, particularly bone health. As wild as it may seem eating cheese and other dairy products may also help protect teeth against cavities, according to a study in the May/June issue of General Dentistry.

Cheese and other dairy products contain a protein called casein. When combined with the calcium and phosphate compounds found in cheese, casein forms a protective coating on the tooth enamel, which helps prevent decalcification.

A Healthy Mouths PH Level

That same study that was mentioned earlier showed that consuming cheese and other dairy products definitely help with cavities the way that was determined was by the study of 68 subjects ranging from 12 to 15 years old. They were looked at closely and examine the subjects Mouse level of pH before and after consuming cheese, milk, or sugar-free yogurt. 

The pH level determines the acidity of your mouth. The lower the pH level means more acidic and more danger to your teeth. A pH level lower than 5.5 puts a person's teeth at risk for having the enamel eroded. The results also showed that consuming milk and sugar-free yogurt did not change the pH level in anybody's mouth only with the cheese that they see rapidly increased levels of pH.

Casein and Calcium

On top of improving the levels of pH in one's mouth, they find that milk, and any other dairy products, contain calcium which is one of the main components that teeth and bones thrive on. There is, however, another nutrient called casein in cheese. Casein is a family of proteins that comprise 80% of milk proteins and helps to recruit calcium phosphates to repair cavities. Casein also possesses the ability to fight off cavity-causing bacteria by sticking to the tooth surface replicating enamel. As you munch on cheese, it also causes your mouth to salivate, which also reduces acids hold on your teeth. 

All said, it proves an important point for dairy's case in overall health, particularly for cheese. Your diet plays a huge role in your overall oral health, but we now know one new snack that we can enjoy and protect our teeth with at the same time. If you have any further questions or comments, Please contact us, we would be happy to help.

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