Raptou Family Dental Logo
 Text Us!
Raptou Family Dental
news@raptou.com 136 Northwoods Blvd Suite A1
Columbus, OHmsg iconText Us! 43235

What Is It About Dark Chocolate that Helps Your Teeth?

Columbus, OH
Posted on 4/15/2019 by Dr. Nick Raptou
Image of a smiling woman eating dark chocolate.Attention all chocolate lovers! Dark chocolate is actually beneficial for your teeth and can prevent cavities! The same can't be said about milk chocolate and other varieties, but if you want to improve your oral health, adding dark chocolate to your daily diet may help.

Make sure to continue excellent dental hygiene to maximize the benefits! Contact us at Raptou Family Dental to schedule your regular six month cleanings as well.

How it Helps
Cocoa beans contain three major components that help to improve the health of your mouth:

•  Tannins. The source of the slightly bitter taste associated with dark chocolate, tannins inhibits bacteria from sticking to your teeth. If the bacteria can't stick, they can't produce acids that will wear away at the enamel.
•  Flavonoids. This component offers a wealth of benefits to the mouth, including the ability to slow down the tooth decay process.
•  Polyphenols. This component will limit the effect of bacteria. They neutralize the bacteria that cause bad breath and gum infections, and they can actually battle tooth decay.

Each of these components is also an antioxidant that can improve your overall health in addition to your teeth. Antioxidants not only inhibit plaque production, but they also reduce body inflammation and work to prevent gingivitis, a major symptom of which is swollen gums.

Additionally, dark chocolate contains less sugar than other varieties, making it even healthier for your teeth and gums.

Is All Dark Chocolate the Same?

Dark chocolate is the least processed variety, so it contains the most cocoa beans. That's what makes it the healthiest option, and if you want to choose the best variety for your teeth, select chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa. Most dark chocolate bars are clearly packaged so that you can view the percentage.

A well-balanced diet is an important component of healthy teeth, but regular visits to the dentist are still essential. Call us today at (614) 427-0449 to set up your next dental cleaning and evaluation to keep your teeth in optimal health.

Contact Raptou Family Dental Today

Our Columbus dentists are the first step to a healthier, happier you!

Copyright © 2018-2024 Raptou Family Dental and WEO Media (Touchpoint Communications LLC). All rights reserved.  Sitemap
Dental Blog - Columbus, OH • Raptou Family Dental
We provide Columbus with comprehensive general & family dentistry with an emphasis on individualized care, prevention, & cosmetic enhancements. Visit our Blog!
Raptou Family Dental, 136 Northwoods Blvd, Suite A1, Columbus, OH 43235; (614) 427-0449; raptou.com; 5/17/2024; Associated Words: Dentist Columbus OH;