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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
May 28, 2015
Category: Oral Health

How Can Chocolate Be Good For Your Teeth?

chocolate is good for your teethOk, you have never heard me say this, I want you to eat chocolate!  Now before you go and gulp down a Snickers Bar, let us make sure you understand what I mean.  There have been multiple, recent international studies stating that the bean in chocolate can prevent cavities in animals.  This bean is called the cacao bean husk and its extract is what does the hard work for your preventing cavities.

This cacao bean is the main ingrediant in Dark Chocolate.  That is something completely different than the sugary milk chocolate you probably eat far more of and is in most candies.  That is the bad news.  The good news is that this cavity fighting action might even be stronger than the fluoride we put into the water.   Want to stop tooth decay, just eat some dark chocolate.  It is thought that 3-4 oz of dark chocolate a day could be enough to do the trick.  That would be nice wouldn't it?

It works by making the tooth enamel harder and so less likely to be affected by mouth acids and getting a cavity.  These have been animal trials and will take a few years to work through to human studies but the results are promising.  Maybe one day we will have chocolate flavored toothpaste and mouthrinses that will be good for you.  Too bad we can't add all the sugar that makes it taste super sweet but time will tell.

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