Teeth are made of minerals, and the primary one is calcium phosphate. What makes cheese so good? Cheese just happens to be an excellent source of calcium phosphate.
When we eat carbohydrates, the bacteria on our teeth use the sugars to make acid, which dissolves tooth mineral. Eating cheese provides a nice bulk of replacement calcium phosphate. In essence, cheese strengthens our teeth.
We encourage parents to give their kids cheese as a healthy snack in place of carbohydrates. The best variety is hard cheese such as cheddar, Gouda, havarti or parmesan. Dr. Perusini loves talking about cheese, and will definitely bring it up at your child’s consultation along with other tooth friendly snacks.