Friday, January 14, 2011

My Dentist Said What?!

My dentist's newsletter came yesterday. The headline was: Chocolate can be "good" for your oral health!

Researchers at Osaka University have discovered that the cocoa bean husk (usually discarded) has an anti-bacterial effect on the mouth. Scientists believe that a cocoa bean husk extract may soon be added to mouthwash or toothpaste.

Other studies have shown that the polyphenols in dark chocolate can cut down the growth of bacteria in the mouth.

However: chocolate products also contain sugar which is known to cause tooth decay.

I feel sure that the ADA added this: If you want to eat sweets, limit them to meal times and brush afterward.

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