With the recent celebration of Valentine's Day still fresh in our minds, an increased volume of tasty "treats" abound from all of the treasured relationships in our lives. While it is truly hard to look the other way or pass on the sweets from those that we love, the importance of maintaining a cavity free smile should never be forgotten. Although our lives are invaded with goodies during this time of year, take a look at some better alternatives that are "healthier" for your smile!
Heathy Chocolate. Studies have shown that dark chocolate is high in flavonoids, an ingredient found in the cocoa beans used to make chocolate. Flavonoids can help protect the body against toxins, reduce blood pressure, and improve blood flow to the heart and brain. By opting for dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate, you get to reap these benefits!
Dark Chocolate, AKA Protector of Teeth. Not only does dark chocolate provide some nice benefits for your overall health, it also helps protect your teeth against cavities! According to the Texas A&M Health Science Center, dark chocolate contains high amounts of tannins, another ingredient present in cocoa beans. Tannins can actually help prevent cavities by interfering with the bacteria that causes them. Think of them as scarecrows for bacteria.
Smooth Never Sticky. Unlike many popular candies, dark chocolate is less likely to stick in the crevices of your teeth. Chewy, gooey sweets are more likely to hang around in your mouth for longer periods of time, which means they raise the odds of you harboring cavity-creating bacteria. While some dark chocolates have additives like caramel or marshmallow, it is best to opt for the plain varieties.
While dark chocolate has some pretty sweet benefits, the most important thing to remember (whether you go the dark chocolate route or not), is that moderation is the key! If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our dental office at 918-455-0123!