Have you heard about the studies from the U.S., Japan and England that say chocolate, yes CHOCOLATE, is effective in the fight against cavities, tooth decay and plaque? Some of them even show that cocoa is more effective than fluoride in this fight. Apparently it is the compounds in the cocoa bean husk that has this anti-bacterial effect. It also reduces tooth sensitivity and fights plaque.
At the American Dental Association (ADA) 2013 Annual Session, fluoride toothpaste was pitted against a new toothpaste that has cacao extract, or theobromine. The results? Those patients who brushed their teeth with this cacao-extract toothpaste twice a day for a week had 100 percent dental occlusion, where their tooth dentin was becoming re-mineralized.
Not that we are suggesting you forgo your toothbrush for a chocolate fix, but instead, maybe you could incorporate chocolate into your dental (and not just mental) health!
So how do you get more chocolate into your oral hygiene regimen?
–To receive the most therapeutic effect, chew the cacao nibs themselves. Of course, this isn’t very tasty, and you will need to peruse your local health food store to find those chocolate nibs.
–Another choice is eating dark chocolate which has less than 6-8 grams of sugar, and find organic if you can. Just remember that chocolate is a calorie-rich food, so you may want to cut out those calories from somewhere else. Trader Joe’s and other health food stores carry sugarless dark chocolate bars.
–Your best choice is raw chocolate, since it is not as processed as other kinds, and has most of its antioxidants intact, though it is not as tasty as the others.
And there you have it! Keep an eye out for cacao extract toothpaste in the future and not only enjoy healthier teeth but the added benefits of an elevated mood and better blood flow.
As always, call us with any questions you may have about your oral health 360.200.6995.