Today we have good news for you: chocolate is good for your teeth. Dark chocolate strengthens the teeth and helps prevent dental cavities. It has been proven by a research of the University of Osaka.
The two benefits of cocoa
The cocoa bean is rich in many nutrients playing an important role in the dental care. Phosphates and fluorides prevent the loss of minerals from the enamel, strengthening it and preventing cavities and dental plaques. Cocoa also is rich in antibacterial agents which fight the main responsible of cavities: a bacterium called Streptococco mutans, commonly found in our mouth.
Which kind of chocolate is good for the teeth?
According to the researchers, the best chocolate to protect our teeth is dark chocolate with a minimum 80% cocoa (or dark hot chocolate). The antibacterial and anti-demineralization agents are mostly found in the surface of the cocoa seed. For this reason, the researchers want to introduce extract of the cocoa bean among the ingredients of chocolate candies and even toothpaste.
Other foods preventing cavities
Besides the cocoa bean and dark chocolate, there are other commonly consumed foods that help strengthening the teeth and preventing oral cavities: coffee and tea, which are rich of flavonoids, dairy product rich in lactose and calcium, wild berries (blueberries in particular) and all the vegetables rich in fibers like celery, chicory and cabbage.