It has been said that chocolate is happiness you can eat. If you agree with that statement, bear this precaution in mind: chocolate can also be hard on teeth. So can you eat your chocolate and have healthy teeth, too? Read on to learn more.
Dr. Samantha Rawdin
Dr. Samantha Rawdin is a prosthodontist (a dentist specialist who goes through an additional 3 years of training in esthetic, implant, and restorative dentistry) at gallery57dental.com in Midtown Manhattan.
It's more about the frequency than the quantity. Try to stick to only having sweets after a meal or once throughout the day rather than grazing on a few M&M's every hour. Your saliva acts as a buffer to help protect against the drop in the pH of your saliva after eating sugar-filled items. If you're constantly presenting these acid-challenges, overcoming them is going to be more difficult and can lead to cavities.
Drink water after having sweets. One way to help your saliva along is to drink water after having the chocolate. It helps to wash the sugars off of the teeth and rebalance the pH in the mouth.
BRUSH. YOUR. TEETH. Twice a day, every day. Use a fluoridated toothpaste to help protect against cavities. And don't forget about flossing! It's the only way to truly clean the surfaces between the teeth.
Try to stick to dark chocolate. It's lower in sugar and higher in antioxidants.
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