It's the ultimate comfort food: Rich and creamy macaroni and cheese is on everyone's list of favorite dishes. Soft and easy to chew, it's a perfect meal choice if your mouth is tender and recovering from dental work or oral surgery. It's no wonder that mothers serve mac-and-cheese to young children; it's a natural when new teeth are coming in.
What's more, cheese is good for dental and oral health. Studies have shown that hard and aged cheeses like cheddar, Gouda, Monterey Jack, mozzarella and Swiss don't contribute to the development of cavities and may even help reduce the risk of decay. Cheese stimulates the flow of saliva, helping to keep the mouth clean, and buffer the effect of acids. Cheese also contains calcium that is good for building strong teeth and bones.
In addition to old-fashioned mac-and-cheese, other pasta dishes such as ravioli, tortellini, lasagna and fettuccine alfredo are excellent ways to enjoy the nutritious benefits of cheese. So feel free to enjoy these "feel good" foods that really are good for you!