The following three treats may actually have cavity-fighting properties and be good for your teeth, studies suggest.
Dark Chocolate – Cocoa beans, which are used to make chocolate, contain antioxidants including polyphenols and tannins. Tannins are what cause dark chocolate to have that delightful yet bitter taste, and they also have properties which help to prevent bacteria from sticking to your teeth. Polyphenols have antimicrobial properties, which means they help to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth.
Bacteria in the mouth are what cause bad breath and gum disease.
If you’re planning to run out to get some dark chocolate, aim for 70% cacao or higher.
Red Wine – Red wine, like dark chocolate, also contains tannins and other antioxidants.
A study published recently concluded that red wine, whether or not it contained alcohol, inhibited the growth of bacteria and oral biofilms, which become plaque..
Black Coffee – A study found that an extract called Coffea canephora, which is present in about 30% of the world’s coffee, helped to break down the plaque-causing agents.
The key is to drink coffee without cream or sugar, as both will counteract the potential benefits from the coffee beans.
Ofcoure, everything in moderation!
Is this all too good to be true? Well, a little bit. Coffee, chocolate and red wine all have dark pigments that can stain teeth.
If you plan to enjoy any of these treats, remember to do so in moderation. We also recommend you follow up with a good swish of water reduce the staining potential until you can find time to brush.
Brushing for 2 minutes, twice a day, and flossing, are a critical part of your oral health routine. It is also important to see your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.