Happy National Chocolate Chip Day from TNT Orthodontics!
Did you know: Dark chocolate can help you fight cavities? We’re not saying you should start brushing your teeth with it, but unlike milk chocolate, which is mixed with sugar and milk, the ingredients in dark chocolate can be beneficial to your health (in moderation).
Dark chocolate is 70% cocoa, making it a better alternative to milk chocolate which has more milk and sugar to give it that “sweet” flavor. If you are going to eat chocolate, try to make it dark chocolate with less than 6 grams of sugar per serving. Organic dark chocolate is even better because it is less processed, leaving more of the chocolate’s natural antioxidants intact. In fact, dark chocolate can have up to four times the amount of antioxidants found in green tea. Before we get too far into the benefits of dark chocolate you should know that it is rich in calories, so make sure to adjust your daily calorie intake accordingly.
Dark chocolate is an excellent source of polyphenols, which are a naturally occurring chemical that helps limit oral bacteria. This type of chocolate also contains flavonoids — plant-based antioxidants that have been shown to slow tooth decay. Dark chocolate gets its color and taste from a compound called tannin. This compound helps to stop bacteria from sticking to teeth, but will also stain your teeth. Again, it’s best to consume any sort of sweet (including dark chocolate) in moderation to help prevent cavities and staining.
Every day we are bombarded with new “health” studies and tips. Some of it is true, but some of it isn’t. Always make sure to do your own research, and never change your health routines over a headline. If you have any questions about what is and isn’t good for your oral health, consult with you dentist or orthodontist.