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Dark Chocolate Is Healthy for the Teeth

Posted on 6/21/2021 by Dr. Burnham
Dark Chocolate Is Healthy for the TeethDark chocolate is notably healthy for the teeth. Don't confuse this type of chocolate with milk chocolate. Dark chocolate has ingredients that support oral health. Milk chocolate does not.

Why is Dark Chocolate Good for the Teeth?

The ingredients in dark chocolate make it a stand out food when it comes to oral health. That is because dark chocolate contains polyphenols. These chemicals limit oral bacteria and neutralize the microorganisms that trigger halitosis or bad breath. Dark chocolate also prevents some bacteria in the mouth from converting starches and sugar into acids - acids that ultimately wreak havoc on your teeth.

How Much Dark Chocolate Can I Eat?

While you might think you can eat an abundance of dark chocolate, you also have to keep in mind that the treat can stain the teeth and contains sugar as well. So, limit your consumption to a couple of small bites. You only need a little bit of the substance to adequately protect your teeth. Therefore, eat 1 or 2 ounces of a dark chocolate at a time, or half of a dark chocolate candy bar, to enjoy better dental health.

Is Dark Chocolate Better than Fluoride?

Dark chocolate also contains antioxidants that fight off periodontal disease. In addition, some research suggests that dark chocolate may be a better substance than fluoride for fighting dental decay. A compound found in the chocolate, CBH, may also be used in toothpastes and mouthwashes one day in the future to prevent cavities.

If you want to eat a delectable treat, make sure it is dark chocolate. You will be rewarded with better dental health. Dark chocolate is an ideal food to eat if you have a sweet tooth. Give us a call today as well for an exam and professional cleaning. Make your dental health a priority. We can arrange a time for you to visit us that works out well with your daily schedule.

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