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Is Chocolate Good For Your Teeth?

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All sugars we eat can have an impact on our general health. However, there is a significant difference between eating and drinking sugar, as well as the source.

Juices and sodas flow through the mouth and teeth when we drink them. Sugary beverages are risky since even with regular brushing, those sugars can linger in hard-to-reach spots. In turn, this makes it easier for bacteria to reproduce rapidly. On the other hand, many of the sugary treats we eat leave residue on our teeth. This debris won’t break down with saliva alone, making it imperative to brush and floss to rid of the excess particles.

Eating too much sugar can lead to many dental problems. One of these is severe erosion. This refers to the destruction of the tooth’s enamel. This can result in changes in how the lower and upper teeth come together. A person may also observe changes in his or her bite. Indeed, the back teeth can dwindle in size, or at times, some teeth might sooner or later fall out entirely. If dental issues persist, gum surgery, tooth extraction, or dental implant installation might be necessary.

How to Reduce the Risk of Cavities

The great news is that it is possible to ward off tooth decay and tooth erosion by brushing twice per day and flossing daily.

More than that, consider rinsing with fluoride-containing oral rinse, visiting your dentist regularly for comprehensive dental examinations and professional cleanings, and of course, limiting your intake of high-sugar content foods.

I’ve Heard Chocolate is Good for Health

Chocolate alone is good for our teeth. Dark chocolate specifically has many antioxidants that prevent the growth of certain bacteria that produce acid that deteriorates our teeth. Chocolate has a probiotic effect on streptococcus and helps it survive within your body. It causes a sore throat initially, but prolonged exposure to an abundance of Streptococcus can also affect our immune system to the point where one would develop a cough similar in bronchitis or even develop the inability to walk.

Strangely, chocolate, especially dark chocolate, may be able to fight plaque and cavities too. What? Yes, chocolate in its raw form contains a compound known as “CBP” CBP could even be used in mouthwashes and toothpaste in the future. This substance can also help harden tooth enamel, providing healthier and stronger teeth ready to combat oral-related issues.

Another downside of eating chocolate lies in how it supports bacteria growth. Streptococcus, the bacteria commonly known to cause “strep throat,” also causes tooth decay.

So, should I consume more dark chocolate?

In short, no. The chocolate in the grocery store is not pure chocolate. Instead, it’s been made to taste better and is manufactured into products such as candy and drinks loaded with refined sugar.

The sugar is what makes this bad for the body if consumed too often. Even without considering sugar, any food eaten in excess is unhealthy and can cause weight gain if consumption is not watched. Everything should be consumed in moderation.

However, small doses every now and then are encouraged, whether this is raw or sugar-containing chocolate. Chocolate should, though, be avoided if you recently had your teeth professionally whitened by a dentist. Other than that, small bites of dark chocolate daily may be healthy. A few bites of a chocolate bar, a cup of hot chocolate, or a chocolate chip cookie may be good options in moderation.

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