How Chocolate Can Damage Your Teeth
We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Easter. However you’re spending the long weekend, we suspect there may be a few chocolate treats involved!
Though it’s perfectly alright to indulge now and again, we do think it’s important to understand why chocolate can be bad for your teeth.
Why is chocolate bad for your teeth?
The first thing to understand is that not all chocolate is created equally. Milk and white chocolate have much lower cocoa content than plain or dark chocolate. More importantly, the cocoa is replaced with sugar, which can do a lot of damage to your teeth.
When we eat sugary foods such as chocolate, the bacteria in our mouth turns the sugar into acid. This acid slowly works away at the surface of the teeth to cause cavities and decay. The more sugar you eat, the more of this acid is likely to be present in your mouth.
Is dark chocolate better for your teeth?
Some experts believe that eating small amounts of dark chocolate can actually have a positive affect on your teeth. Dark chocolate has some health-boosting chemicals in it including antioxidants, flavonoids and polyphenols. Studies have shown that these compounds can help prevent sugar being turned into acid, improve bad breath and reduce the chance of gum disease.
If you’re planning to enjoy chocolate over the Easter weekend, dark chocolate is a much more tooth-friendly choice.
How can you find out more?
Would you like personalised advice on how to take care of your teeth? Why not make an appointment at our South Ham practice in Basingstoke? Our team of friendly experts will be able to help you make sure you’re doing the absolute best for your teeth.
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