Posted on 10/30/2019 by Jared Anderson, DDS
|Chocolate can really be beneficial for your teeth! Yup, you read that accurately, chocolate can prevent tooth decay. However, not every kind of chocolate is helpful for your pearly whites.
There has been a good deal of disputes over whether dark chocolate does anything productive for your teeth. While it is almost invariably true that candy doesn't mingle well with keeping teeth healthy, dark chocolate can indeed be a cavity fighter.
Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Recent studies appearing from Japan, England, and The U.S. support the fact that chocolate is efficient at fighting cavities, plaque, and tooth decay in the mouth. Tooth decay takes place when bacteria in the mouth turn sugar into the destructive acids, they can chew away at the tooth's surface and produce cavities.
Ingredients in the cocoa bean possess an anti-bacterial effect and also resist the building of any plaque. This makes chocolate less harmful than many other sweetened foods our dentist might warn you against because the antibacterial agents in cocoa beans counteract its high sugar levels.
Sticking with Dark Chocolate
The two main ingredients in chocolate are cocoa butter and sugar. Cocoa butter aids your teeth with its antioxidants. It has a coating effect that works like a sealed barrier to prevent plaque from sticking to our teeth, thus reducing corrosion.
Sugar, on the other hand, is the ingredient in chocolate that can cause harm to our teeth. High levels of sugar bring lots of calories, but also a very high probability of plaque sticking to our teeth. Sugar also increases acid production, which causes the enamel of our teeth to corrode. The darker the chocolate the less sugar content.
Prevention of cavities is consistently better than a cure. While we may not be able to constantly keep the odds low when we consume chocolate, we can always ward off the destructive effects of any meal by brushing our teeth and using a good fluoride mouthwash. Also, if you are troubled about the color of your teeth, then you should refrain from eating dark chocolate. For any questions or comments, call us today. We are always here to assist in your oral care.