Valentine's Day usually means throwing caution to the wind with respect to your teeth. But not all sweets are bad... in fact, research reports indicate chocolate may be MORE effective fighting cavities, plaque, and tooth decay than fluoride.
Compounds in cocoa bean husks have anti-bacterial properties and fight against plaque. This makes chocolate less harmful than other sweets. Specifically, cacao contains CBH, a compound which helps to harden tooth enamel, making teeth less susceptible to decay.
But not all chocolate is equal. For best results, eat cacao nibs. Cocoa nibs / bits are roasted pieces of cacao -- the forerunner to chocolate. Nibs are tasty straight out of the bag: crunchy, chocolatey, kind of nutty. Not a fan? Then dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao) is your second best option. Less sugar in the chocolate is your goal.
Other food great for your teeth:
Vitamin-rich foods containing calcium — like cheese, almonds and leafy greens — and foods high in phosphorous — like meat, eggs and fish — help keep tooth enamel strong and healthy.
Crunchy foods, like applies, carrots and celery, help to produce saliva in your mouth. This rinses away bacteria and food particles. Plus, the fibrous texture these foods stimulates the gums which is goog too.
This #Valentinesday -- love your teeth!
Dr. Jean Piper's Dental office is located at the intersection of Midvale and Regent Street : close to Hilldale / Shorewood Hills shopping areas. We also serve the Monroe St. Neighborhood, Madison Wisconsin