Can Chocolate Benefit Your Teeth?

Nov 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: General Dentistry, Nutrition

Chocolate BenefitChocolate lovers the world over have reason to celebrate, rather than hide, their addiction to the treat. For quite some time, researchers have shown that chocolate contains a high amount of antioxidants, which help your body fight unwanted organisms and can improve your health. The icing on the healthy-chocolate cake comes in the form of a study that suggests chocolate can be good for your teeth, as well. Richmond dentist Dr. Stefan Moiceanu explains the properties that could make chocolate a viable oral health supplement.

There’s Something About Chocolate

As sweet and delicious as chocolate is, you may inherently feel as though you are doing your body a disservice by eating it. Aside from its high sugar content, chocolate is a plant-derived food and contains an abundance of flavonoids, a naturally occurring antioxidant (flavonoids are also found in tea, grapes, wine, and many other foods and beverages). Antioxidants protect your body from unstable molecules called free-radicals, which can cause disease and other severe health disorders by attacking and damaging your body’s healthy cells. Dark chocolate has the highest concentration of flavonoids when compared to other forms of chocolate, and therefore is the most beneficial to your health and teeth.

Chocolate: A Weapon Against Tooth Decay

Sugar, like that found in chocolate, plays an important role in the formation of tooth decay. Whenever food or beverage enters your mouth, oral bacteria (especially Streptococcus mutans) consume them and convert them to lactic acid. This acid (not sugar, as many believe) is the cause of decaying teeth. Aside from the antioxidants that can protect your overall health, chocolate also contains tannins, which has proven to inhibit the growth of S. mutans and reduce your risk of developing tooth decay. However, the key to chocolate’s success is moderation. If you over-indulge, the excessive sugar could outweigh chocolate’s benefit to your oral health.

Oral Health Care in Richmond

To learn more about protecting your oral health, contact Dr. Moiceanu at our Richmond, CA dentist office by calling 510-758-7222. Located in Richmond, we proudly serve families from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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