Happy Chocolate Day (or is it, for your teeth?)

Happy Chocolate Day (or is it, for your teeth?)

Posted on Jul 06, 2015

Milk, dark, raw, white… ahhh, don’t you just love chocolate (it makes us feel like little piggies too!)?

Hello, who doesn’t love chocolate? There’s a reason a whole day is dedicated to celebrating this delicious delight. Let’s kick things off with five fast and interesting stats about chocolate:

  • The world’s largest chocolate bar weighed 5,792 kilos!
  • M&Ms were created in 1941 so that soldiers could enjoy these treats without them melting.
  • Back in 2013, Belgium issued a limited edition of choc-flavoured stamps. Now that’s unique!
  • Brace yourself for a gross one: the average chocolate bar contains 8 insect parts. Yikes!

Now, we’ve saved the best for last…

Chocolate has an anti-bacterial effect on the mouth and protects against tooth decay.

Of course, this fun fact gets a big thumbs up from us! Like everything in life, smaller doses are the way to go. You’ll find many sources out there claiming that the antioxidants in dark chocolate has an anti-bacterial effect on the mouth (as indicated above).

Ask any dentist about chocolate and the first issue they’ll raise is its high sugar levels. Of course, we all know sugar isn’t great for your oral health but there’s another ingredient in chocolate that’s well worth mentioning: cocoa butter. This has a coating effect that reduces the likelihood of plaque sticking to the teeth.

On the other hand, the amount of caffeine contained in chocolate also tends to raise eyebrows. When you put this into perspective though, sources claim just one cup of coffee has 300% more caffeine than one ounce of chocolate. That said, we all know caffeine is a culprit when it comes to teeth staining. In fact, if you’ve just had your teeth whitened (learn more about our special offer here), you’re better off staying away from eating or drinking any dark substance.

As you can see, the jury’s out on whether chocolate can be labelled good or bad for your teeth. Like everything else, we suggest you eat it in moderation.

Time for that dental check-up? Give your local NovaDental clinic a call on 1300 584 1423 to make an appointment.