Fact or Myth: Chocolate is Good for Your Teeth

By now it’s common knowledge that dark chocolate has heart healthy benefits, but did you know that it’s also good for your teeth?

 

Chocolate contains strong antioxidant compounds called polyphenols and flavinoids that inhibit the growth of decay causing bacteria. Tooth decay is caused by oral streptococci, a kind of bacteria in your mouth that produces acids that can damage tooth enamel and lead to cavities.

 

The polyphenols found in chocolate prevent the bad bacteria from turning sugar and starches into decay producing acids, as well as neutralizes the microorganisms that cause bad breath. In fact, research has shown that cocoa extract is more effective than fluoride in fighting cavities.

 

Also, because of chocolate’s abundant antioxidants it can not only inhibit the production of plaque, but also reduce the inflammation in the body that can lead toperiodontal disease.

 

Moreover, the cocoa butter found in chocolate coats your teeth and preventsplaque from sticking to them, keeping your pearly whites shining bright.

 

Keep in mind that not all chocolate is good for you. Dark chocolate is the healthiest option, because it is the least processed and closest to the cocoa bean. And like any sweet treat, dark chocolate should be consumed in moderation—about one ounce (150 calories) per day.

 

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