It’s Okay to Be Cheesy

Creamy, gooey, sav[o]ry cheese. While this dairy staple tastes great on pizza, sandwiches and pasta, it also has a potential dental benefit. According to some research, eating cheese makes the mouth more alkaline, which in turn decreases the need for dental treatment. Specifically, consuming cheese neutrali[z]es plaque. How? Cheese, of course, contains calcium that mixes with plaque and sticks to the teeth, protecting them from the acid that causes decay. Cheese also contains protein to help rebuild tooth enamel. The following types of cheese have been shown to reduce cavities: aged Cheddar, Brie, Monterey Jack, Gouda and processed American cheese. Remember that cheese is high in cholesterol, fat and salt, so moderation is key. You only need to eat just a third of a slice per serving to enjoy the tooth-protective perks of cheese. Low-fat varieties of cheese also offer benefits.

Is Your Dental Hygiene Routine Green?

You take short showers, recycle religiously and take reusable bags to the store. Here’s another eco-friendly habit to consider: greening your dental hygiene regimen. As only 1 percent of the Earth’s water supply is suitable for human consumption, it’s a good idea to preserve that precious resource. Turning off the water while you brush can conserve water. While it’s true that most dentists recommend getting a new toothbrush every 3-4 months, you don’t have to throw your old one away. You can repurpose it to use as a paintbrush for craft projects, polish jewelry or clean those hard-to-reach places in your home. You also can consider purchasing a toothbrush made of recycled plastic. With a little research, it’s possible to find companies that produce manual toothbrushes with replaceable heads to reduce plastic waste. Prefer to use an electric toothbrush? If yes, replacement heads come standard, so you only have to discard part of your toothbrush when it’s time for a new one.

Keep Your Teeth in Tip-Top Shape When You Travel

If you’re going on holiday or packing your bags for that much-needed trip, don’t take a vacation from maintaining healthy oral hygiene habits. One of the best ways you can keep your dental health on track before you head for the open road, rails or skies, is by visiting your dentist for a checkup. Of course, you want to make sure you packed your toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss. If you forgot your toothbrush, you could always use toothpaste on a clean washcloth or even finger until you can purchase a new brush at your destination. If you are visiting a country where the water supply is compromised, always use bottled water to protect against bacteria, which could ruin your trip. Drinking bottled water also can help to remove debris from your mouth. It’s also a good idea to include a pack of sugarless gum which promotes saliva production and helps to wash away the bacteria that can cause cavities.