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How Dark Chocolate Positively Helps Your Oral Health
Posted on 4/20/2020 by Everwell Dentistry
For all your life you have probably heard that candy has a severe negative impact on your teeth. If you eat chocolate, surely you will get cavities extremely quickly right? Not so fast! While chocolate with a high sugar content will not do many favors for your oral health, dark chocolate is both delicious and actually has health benefits for your teeth.
The Benefits Of Dark Chocolate
Unlike a lot of other treats, dark chocolate is relatively low in sugar, cocoa makes up most of the ingredients and depending on how high the percentage of the chocolate is (typically labeled on the front of the package) the resulting sugar content will be less in the end. The recommended cocoa percentage to start with is 70%.
The benefits of dark chocolate are quite surprising. You might have heard that dark chocolate is a source of antioxidants. These antioxidants actually help with preventing tooth decay much like fluoride is able to do. This component is also able to aid in helping prevent periodontal disease; an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth.
Another point that might come as a pleasant surprise is dark chocolate actually helps fight the bacteria in your mouth. This is through the source of polyphenols that chocolate contains which has been shown to help with bad breath by eliminating the bacteria that causes it. Dark chocolate might not be mouthwash exactly, but eating it will have a passive effect.
You Can Eat Dark Chocolate Daily
Because dark chocolate is a healthy treat with responsible consumption, it is actually recommended to have a couple squares of it a day. Eating a small amount of it daily poses no health consequences and it provides real health benefits; chocolate lovers can rejoice in this wonderful news! If you would like to find out how your oral health is doing, give us a call for a check-up.
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