Chocolate for Better Mouth Health? Yes, That’s Right!
Latest studies support the fact that chocolate is efficient at fighting plaque, cavities, and tooth decay in the mouth. In fact dark chocolate may actually help avert cavities!
It’s hard to believe, but compounds in chocolate may be more effective at fighting tooth decay than fluoride! Researchers are predicting that one day, the compound found in chocolate called CBH will be used in mouthwashes and toothpaste.
Tooth decay happens when bacteria in the mouth turn sugar into acids, which eat away at the tooth’s surface and create cavities. Compounds in the cocoa bean have an anti-bacterial effect and also fight against plaque. This makes chocolate less harmful than many other sweet foods your dentist might warn you against because the antibacterial agents in cocoa beans offset its high sugar levels. Sugar is the main cause of dental decay when there are bacteria present. Be aware that more significant than the amount of sugar you eat is the frequency of consumption.