But then, you remember your last visit to a dental clinic in QC with the doctor advising you to avoiding eating too many sweets as it is one of the things to do to keep your teeth healthy. So what now!? Well, don’t stress out too much! Aside from the hearty benefits of eating chocolate, there are recent studies revealing that chocolate also fights tooth decay. Sweet and healthy, right?
Dark chocolate, the kind which is at least 70% cocoa, could be a sweet cavity fighter. So what is in dark chocolate that could better our teeth?
It is a good source of antioxidants, which keeps the body healthy on a cellular level. High levels of antioxidants in the saliva help in fighting periodontal diseases.
It is the cocoa bean that actually brings the benefits in. Cocoa bean husk (CBH) is the outer covering of the cocoa bean has anti-bacterial effects on the mouth that effectively fights against plaque and other decaying agents. Cocoa bean husk counteracts the effect of sugar in the chocolate.
It also has a generous amount theobromine. Theobromine is a substance responsible for the classic bitter taste of dark chocolate. A study has found out that the theobromine found in dark chocolate is a better cavity fighter than fluoride. It is known that fluoride is a good strengthener of the enamel; however, high doses can lead to gastrointestinal tract irritation. Theobromine on the other hand is a natural substance which could readily be metabolized. In addition, it helps in the stimulation of enamel.
It is also a source of flavonoids, which are proven to slow down tooth decay. Flavonoids naturally fight plaque left on the teeth’s surface. There is also a high level of tannins and polyphenols in dark chocolate. Polyphenols neutralizes bacteria while tannins are the one responsible for the dark color of that chocolate that prevents the sticking of bacteria in the teeth. Flavonoids, tannins, and polyphenols work together to prevent tooth decay.
Due to the processes involved in turning cocoa beans into chocolate, some of the nutrients are washed away. Chocolate, though it melts in our mouth, should always be eaten moderately. And remember that not all the chocolate bars you see in stores could give you these benefits; a bar of “real” or dark chocolate is always the best choice. So, what are you waiting for? Go, grab a bar of dark, dark sweetness to stomp that stress, but don’t forget to visit your dentist at his dental clinic in QC for regular consultation.