Chocolate Is Good for Oral Health – True or False?

Sep 27, 2018 | Oral Health

Chocolate is Good for Oral Health – True or False
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 snacks, that doesn’t mean we have to take them off the menu altogether. In fact, recent studies have found that dark chocolate, containing high percentages of cocoa, may actually be beneficial to your dental health. Dr. Kitts at Soundview Family Dental wants Edmonds residents to know the facts so they can satisfy their sweet tooth safely. Eating Chocolate

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 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 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!

Can I 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 (at least twice per day) and regular checkups (every 6 months). Hopefully, however, we’ve helped rid Edmonds 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 contact Soundview Family Dental. Dr. Kitts will be happy to talk with you. The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
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Eric Kitts, DDS

Eric Kitts, DDS

Owner @ Soundview Family Dental

Born in Seattle and raised in Puyallup, Dr. Eric Kitts received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and his DDS from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Dr. Kitts began practicing dentistry in 2000, at his office in Richmond Beach. In 2011, Dr. Kitts built a brand-new, state-of-the-art dental facility located in the heart of downtown Edmonds.

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