Those who love chocolate and other delicacies are said to have a “sweet tooth.” Indeed, the relationship between teeth and sugar can be…difficult. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get your sugar fix once in a while! In fact, far from being an enemy to your teeth, chocolate is a little treat with surprisingly beneficial effects. Chocolate lovers rejoice!
According to recent studies, chocolate does not cause acne, stomach aches (unless you over-indulge) or even cavities—as long as you choose dark chocolate! Rich in antioxidants that help fight cardiovascular disease and some cancers, dark chocolate has a higher cocoa content, which provides more antioxidants and more benefits. It is also an amazing antibacterial and anti-cariogenic, meaning that it even prevents cavities thanks to its many of its ingredients, including:
- Tannins: Inhibit bacteria growth in the mouth
- Fluorine: It is among the few foods that contain fluorine and increase enamel resistance
- Phosphates: Decrease plaque by reducing acidity
- Magnesium: A mineral found in chocolate to improve bone health
With Valentine’s Day coming up, you can enjoy chocolate with 70% cocoa every day—but in moderation. Your dentist approves!