We think that chocolate is one of the best parts of Easter…
However one of the most common questions we get asked is “Will chocolate ruin my teeth?” The answer isn’t a simple yes or no. The answer depends on the type of chocolate you are eating.
At Excellence in Dentistry in Wickham Terrace we are committed to giving our patients all the facts so they can achieve great oral health.
The truth about chocolate and your teeth
There are studies that suggest that dark chocolate has antioxidants that can be good for you in moderation. These antioxidants are said to prevent the production of negative bacteria. These antioxidants can potentially counter acids caused from these bacteria that cause decay in the teeth.
In saying this, it only applies to dark chocolate. Some of the other varieties of chocolate do not have these antioxidants. In addition to not having these antioxidants, many types of chocolate are very high in sugar.
Sugar and your smile
Over time a diet that is high in sugar can erode the enamel and result in cavities due to the production of plaque. These cavities can form in the deep crevices of your teeth or in-between teeth, which means that they can slowly deepen and worsen over time.
The effects of sugar can extend far past your teeth. Some problems that are potentially linked to a high sugar intake include obesity and fatigue.
The answer is everything in moderation!
While some chocolate can have benefits, and some can have some negative effects, our advice is always to consume things in moderation. And if you enjoy a little too much chocolate this Easter, make sure you brush and floss twice daily and you attend your regular six monthly check-up.
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