CHEESE has been named the nation’s favourite sandwich filling, a study has found.
A recent survey of 2,000 Brits revealed more than half of adults consider a plain cheese sandwich – with no condiments or salad items – to be the best. Coming in a close second was ham and cheese followed by ham salad, with a classic sausage sandwich just missing out on the top three.
This sandwich filling turns out to be quite good for our teeth too!
Dairy products are important for good overall health, especially bone health. Eating cheese and other dairy products also might help protect teeth against cavities, according to a study published in the May/June issue of General Dentistry. On top of that, cheese is fantastic saliva maker. The calcium in cheese, and the calcium and phosphates in milk and other dairy products, help put back minerals your teeth might have lost due to other foods. So munching on a few bits of cheese after a meal will do your teeth some good! (Not that we really needed an excuse…)
What other foods besides cheese are good for our teeth?
Green and black teas. Both teas contain polyphenols that interact with plaque bacteria. These substances either kill or hold back bacteria. This prevents them from growing or producing acid that attacks teeth. Depending on the type of water you use to brew your tea, a cup of tea can also be a source of fluoride.
Sugar free chewing gum. This is another great saliva maker that removes food particles from your mouth.
Fibre-rich fruits and vegetables. Foods with fibre have a detergent effect in your mouth! They also get saliva flowing. Next to good home dental care, this is your best natural defence against cavities and gum disease. About 20 minutes after you eat something containing sugars or starches, your saliva begins to reduce the effects of the acids and enzymes attacking your teeth. Because saliva contains traces of calcium and phosphate, it also restores minerals to areas of teeth that have lost them from the bacterial acids.
You can’t just rely on cheese!
As much as we wish we could, we can’t rely on just cheese for a healthy smile. A healthy smile starts with a good oral hygiene routine! Brushing twice a day, for two minutes, flossing daily and regular check-ups at the dentist are the only way to guarantee super healthy smiles. And of course, the occasional bit of cheese!
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