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Is chocolate bad for your teeth?

is chocolate good for teeth

At some special occasions such as Easter or on your birthday you may end up consuming more chocolate than the usual. While chocolate has a negative connotation attached to it because since a very small age we are told that chocolate is bad for our health and teeth. However, it would be surprising to know that chocolates also have some positive effects. Although there are some bad effects of consuming more than the usual however if you are worried whether this will worsen some of your teeth problems such as weakened enamel this is the right place for you.

A recent study showed that eating chocolate on a daily basis can improve brain cognition over the years. In this article we will talk about the two main types dark and milk chocolate and see how it is beneficial and bad for your health both at the same time.

Milk chocolate:

While this is the most common type of chocolate consumed however it is bad for your teeth when compared to dark chocolate. This is because milk chocolate contains a lot more sugar. It has only 20%-30% of cocoa while the rest is sugar and powdered milk. The hefty amount of sugar can cause tooth decay much more than raw or dark chocolate.

 

Dark Chocolate:

This is probably the best choice of chocolate and you should try to consume this whenever you crave chocolates. It also helps in keeping your teeth and gums healthy mainly because it is made up of over 300 compounds and this helps fight bacteria. Furthermore polyphenols contained in this help fight overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth and this also prevents bad breath. Sugars are also prevented from turning into acids. The flavonoids present also help slow the process of tooth decay. Since dark chocolate is made up of only 30% sugar it automatically reduces the harm caused.

Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria present in your mouth are turn the sugars into acids which in turn eat away the surface of your teeth hence causing cavities. While tooth decay does not happen in just one day however the only way to reduce their occurrence is to cut down sugar in your diet. Other than that you should brush and floss your teeth a couple of times each day and you should visit your dentist at least twice a year.

is chocolate good for teeth