The Facts About Dark Chocolate and Your Teeth

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You probably know that sugary foods aren’t great for your teeth or for your overall health. However, did you know that other ingredients can positively affect the health of your mouth? Some foods, such as dark chocolate, could actually have a number of benefits.

If you eat sugary foods, your teeth will eventually have to deal with exposure to acids. These acids can wear down the outer layer of your teeth, leaving your teeth more vulnerable. However, there are a number of things you can do to avoid this problem. For instance, you could eat food that has tannin in it, which reduces the acid in your mouth. Dark chocolate is one of these foods.

Tannin is an ingredient that is found in cocoa. You can expect to enjoy more benefits from dark chocolate than from milk chocolate, because dark chocolate often contains more cocoa. Furthermore, dark chocolate has less sugar in it than milk chocolate does. So eating dark chocolate could actually have a number of benefits.

Still, there are a few things you should be careful with, especially if you enjoy dark chocolate. You see, eating too much food with tannin can actually stain your teeth—though you should be able to avoid this problem simply by brushing your teeth about 30 minutes after you brush your teeth.

If you’re interested in learning more about maintaining the health of your mouth, please don’t hesitate to give North Shore Family Dentistry a call at 781-662-1999. Our dentist, Dr. Carrie Guernsey, will be happy to answer any questions you may have and examine the health of your mouth. We look forward to hearing from you.