The Health Benefits of Chocolate

by: Sandy Johnson, RDH, BA

It’s important to keep sugar consumption to a minimum if you want to avoid developing cavities. But good news for chocolate lovers – your favorite sweet actually has some scientifically proven oral health benefits!

Chocolate comes from cocoa beans, which contain three elements that can be beneficial to your oral health. These three are tannins, flavonoids and polyphenols.

Tannins are the big one for oral health – they prevent the bacteria from going to work on your teeth, thus keeping cavities from forming. The flavonoids and polyphenols produce antioxidants, which can help prevent heart disease and cancer.

Just make sure to opt for high quality dark chocolate over chemical and preservative-filled low grade chocolate. And no matter what, brush your teeth after eating any sweet thing!

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