“You’ll rot your teeth out.” That’s what the conventional wisdom has taught many of us about eating chocolate. But is chocolate really bad for teeth? As with so many things in life, the answer is more along the lines of, “It depends.”
Chocolate Can Be Bad
Chocolate comes in many forms and varieties, and most of it includes sugar, sometimes at a very high content level. As you may already know, sugar is not a friend of teeth. It can create conditions where bacteria proliferate, which can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Eating too many chocolate treats can also lead to weakened tooth enamel. So because of the sugar content in most chocolate products, the fact is that chocolate can be bad for your teeth.
But It Also Has Healthful Properties
However, by itself, cocoa — a key ingredient of chocolate — does offer a number of nutrients and can be positive for the overall health of your teeth and mouth. Dark chocolate in particular is known for containing healthful properties, including minerals like copper, magnesium, manganese, and iron, which are good for your body, including your mouth and teeth.
Remember Moderation And Healthy Habits
The trick, then, is to consume chocolate in moderation. If you choose to eat chocolate snacks and treats, know that these foods do offer you (including your teeth) important nutrients needed for good health. But also know that too much of a good thing can become a really bad thing, really quickly.
Don’t overdo it on chocolate consumption. The resulting havoc the sugar content will wreak on your teeth can cost you dearly in the form of tooth decay, tooth pain, and possibly costly dental procedures.
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