There are several holidays that come about each year during which there seems to be chocolate at your disposal constantly. One of these holidays is Valentine’s Day and with it right around the corner, we thought we would take this opportunity to talk about how chocolate affects your teeth. Is chocolate bad for your teeth? Whether it be white chocolate, dark chocolate, or any other kind, this treat is certainly tasty. There also tends to be a lot of research about the positive impact that eating chocolate can have on the body and the mood of the person who is consuming it. You might be surprised to find out that chocolate can also have a positive impact on your oral health as well. On the other hand, there are of course negative aspects of consuming too much chocolate. So let’s discuss both sides of this sweet treat.
The Truth About Chocolate and Your Teeth
Do you know how there have been plenty of studies that say that drinking one glass of wine per day can lead to you having better heart health overall? Chocolate is quite the same. When you eat chocolate on a daily basis, it can actually have a positive effect on your overall brain cognition. On the other hand, certain types of chocolate are better for you and for your teeth than others. Let’s find out more about the different varieties you have to choose from.
What About Milk Chocolate?
When you go to the store, you are more like than not going to see that the largest amount of chocolate that is available to you is milk chocolate. As one of the most popular and widely consumer types of chocolate, you would hope that this would be the kind you can eat plenty of without repercussions. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Milk chocolate contains far more sugar than dark chocolate and therefore, it is not recommended that you eat a lot of it. Since it is made from a combination of cocoa, powdered milk, and sugar, this type of chocolate will contribute much more heavily to tooth decay and cavities than its dark chocolate counterparts.
What About Dark Chocolate?
Now, when it comes to dark chocolate, you don’t have as much to worry about. Dark chocolate contains polyphenols. These are chemicals that can help to fight the growth of bacteria, as well as other organisms in your mouth. This could be anything from bacteria that cause bad breath or tooth decay. Additionally, dark chocolate also contains flavonoids. Flavonoids have been known to slow down the progress of tooth decay as well. Not only do it contain these helpful ingredients but dark chocolate is also equipped with antioxidants. As you probably know, antioxidants will aid in your overall health, as well as help to prevent gum disease. Known as the”real chocolate,” dark chocolate is made up of mostly cocoa(normally around 70 percent).
The Ins and Outs of Sugar Content
In case you want to see how the most common types of chocolate stack up against one another, let’s check it out.
- White Chocolate: 17 grams of sugar per ounce of chocolate
- Milk Chocolate: 15 grams of sugar per ounce of chocolate
- Dark Chocolate: 14 grams of sugar per ounce of chocolate
Tooth Decay and Preventing It
If you love chocolate, there is no harm in eating it from time to time. The key is to be dedicated to your oral health and make sure that you are also consuming foods that are good for your teeth so that you can help to counteract some of the damage that is done by any sweets you may consume. You might also want to consider scheduling a professional teeth cleaning at Corsi Dental. Contact us today to make an appointment with a member of our talented staff.