Halloween is just around the corner. This time of year, if you have kids in the house especially, there’s little hope of maintaining a completely sugar-free household. There’s good news and bad news for anyone with a sweet tooth – young and old. Yes, sugar is not good for your teeth. That’s the bad news, but you already knew it in all likelihood. That said, could it actually be that chocolate has positive effects on your teeth? Our team at 7 Day Dental Care believe this sounds like potentially great news.
Chocolate bars don’t grow on trees, but the beans that chocolate is derived from certainly do. Cacao trees sprout cocoa beans which are chock full of flavonoids, tannins, and polyphenols. What does this mean for your teeth? Well, both tannins and polyphenols slow down the growth of germs in your mouth. The less germs, the less harmful acid on your teeth. Acid and germs are required for plaque production, so if you do the math, having less germs and less acid buildup translates to less tooth decay and lower rates of periodontal infection. Of course, when it comes to dental health, there is a caveat when talking about chocolate consumption. Dark chocolate is the way to go, as it is richer in healthy compounds and lower in overall sugar content.
You Can’t Brush with Chocolate
Even if chocolate (or other consumables such as green tea, coffee, and red wine) have oral health benefits, you can’t replace your dental hygiene efforts with food or beverages. The same tried-and-true recipe for optimal dental health still involves brushing, flossing, visiting your dentist for preventive checkups and cleanings every six months, and reducing your sugar and acid intake. If you do eat highly acidic foods or drink sodas or citrus juices frequently, rinse your mouth with water and then brush your teeth after 30 minutes or so. This gives your tooth enamel a chance to re-mineralize from the acid attack.
Consult with your Fort Worth General Dentist
At 7 Day Dental Center, Dr. Bob Jing and our team of dental professionals offer convenience, comfort, and the latest in quality family dentistry. With a focus on patient education and access to advanced dental technology, we can help you achieve a brighter, healthier smile. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (817) 405-2001. We proudly service the residents of Fort Worth, Haltom City, Sansom Park, White Settlement, and surrounding communities.