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dark-chocolate-strengthens-teethTasty fact for chocolate lovers…you can give your smile a boost by eating dark chocolate!

Although it seems too good to be true, dark chocolate can actually be good for you. When consumed in moderation, this delicious treat has some powerful health benefits. Dark chocolate is best known for containing antioxidants that boost the immune system, but the sweet treat can also enhance the whiteness and strength of your teeth.

Dark chocolate contains the substance theobromine, which works to harden the enamel. Since a weak outer coating on the teeth makes them more susceptible to staining (foods can more easily soak into the surface), dark chocolate’s strengthening abilities helps prevent coloring. That also means that dark chocolate, unlike most other sweets, lowers your risk of getting cavities if you practice proper dental hygiene.

Another benefit is that the tannins contained in the candy stop bacteria from sticking to your ivories, which can prevent bad breath. Be sure to select dark chocolate, because milk and other varieties do not have the same benefits. Additionally, aim for brands that have the highest quantities of theobromine for the greatest whitening effect.

Dark chocolate strengthens your teeth. For all of its health benefits, though, dark chocolate does contain a lot of calories. So, experts recommend sticking to no more than three ounces of the sweet stuff per day.

Contact your dentist in Fort Worth Brit Phillips DDS and schedule a visit!