Chocolate is Good for Oral Health – True or False?
Posted on July 27th, 2016
Most of us were taught when we were kids that sweets like chocolate will rot our teeth. While this may remain true for some types of our favorite sweet snack, that doesn’t mean we have to take it off the menu all together. In fact, recent studies have found that dark chocolate, contains high percentages of cocoa, which may actually be beneficial to your dental health. Dr. Meghna Dassani at Dassani Dentistry wants Houston residents to know the facts so they can satisfy their sweet-tooth safely.
How does it work?
Dark chocolate is known to contain high levels of antioxidants, which work with our bodies to fight bacteria and disease. Dark chocolate can contain up to four times the amount of antioxidants found in green tea! High levels of antioxidants found in saliva have been proven to help fight periodontal (gum disease), and slow tooth decay.
What about the sugar?
Yes, chocolate does contain sugar, which is bad for your teeth. However that is why we are recommending dark chocolate, which has lower amounts of sugar, and higher levels of cocoa (at least 70%). The high levels of antibacterial compounds found in dark chocolate actually counteract the effects of the sugars, making it a safe option for a sweet-tooth. In fact, studies have found one of these compounds to be more effective in fighting cavities than fluoride!
So I can skip my nightly brushing if I have dark chocolate for dessert?
Absolutely NOT! Even dark chocolate contains some sugar, and while some of its magical compounds help combat the effects of tooth decay, there is no substitute for regular brushing and flossing. Remember to floss at least twice per day, and visit Dassani Dentistry every 6 months. Hopefully, we’ve helped rid Houston residents of their fear, guilt, and aversion when it comes to chocolate and oral health. Chocolate lovers rejoice!
For more questions concerning your oral health and the effects of your favorite foods or beverages, please give us a call at (281)-667-4070 or stop by Dassani Dentistry. Dr. Meghna Dassani will be happy to talk with you!
Dr. Meghna Dassani received her initial dental training from the University of Mumbai, India, where she graduated in 1996 as Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS). After working as an associate for one year, she established her own practice in Mumbai, India. She successfully operated this practice for six years prior to moving to the US. When Dr. Meghna Dassani is not in the office she is at home being a mommy to her 2 beautiful girls and enjoying time relaxing with her husband. Since opening her own practice in 2011 she doesn’t have a lot of free time but when the time allows she enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, visiting with friends and family and of course SHOPPING with a Starbucks in her hand!