Choose dark chocolate for their baskets!

As you prepare to select candies for your significant other or children this holiday, the team at Smiles by Shields reminds you that one choice in chocolate may surpass the rest when it comes to dental health. Dark chocolate is better than other blends in protecting your teeth against cavity-causing bacteria.

Chocolate is derived from cocoa beans, which contain tannins, polyphenols and flavonoids, each working to protect the teeth and gums in distinctive ways. Tannins give dark chocolate its bitter taste, and tannins help prevent cavities by inhibiting bacteria from sticking to your teeth. Polyphenols neutralize the microorganisms that cause bad breath and work to fight bacteria in the mouth. Flavonoids slow tooth decay. Together, these cocoa bean compounds mean dark chocolate could be a good choice for your oral health! Just be sure to avoid varieties with added sugars and always remember to brush 40 minutes after consuming sweets.

Your Jacksonville FL dentist reminds you that candies can be consumed in moderation, especially when you’re selecting the most healthful choices available. Remember that dark chocolate is the best treat choice for your teeth, and we’ll see you at your next cleaning appointment!


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