Recent studies link eating chocolate to several health benefits. As if chocolate weren’t tempting enough, now there are more reasons than ever to indulge your sweet tooth. Although sugar in chocolate and candy can negatively affect your teeth, there are ways to have your cake and eat it too. Don’t let your chocolate intake compromise a healthy mouth. Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains how to improve health with chocolate, and keep teeth clean.
Health Benefits of Chocolate
Consuming moderate amounts of chocolate can help keep you healthy, studies show. In fact, research indicates that you may have to eat more chocolate than usual to improve health. Eating just 45 grams of chocolate in a single week lowered women’s risk of stroke by 20% compared to women who ate just nine grams. Similarly, chocolate has been shown to lower blood pressure and risk of heart disease. Consuming chocolate conservatively may also help prevent diabetes, as it increases insulin sensitivity. As much as the sweet treat can work towards keeping you healthy, ignoring your teeth after eating chocolate can have adverse effects.
Tending to Teeth after Sweets
Consuming sweets is inevitable since our bodies need some sugars to function. But these foods can raise the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, unless you are proactive about clean teeth. Sugary foods can stick on or between teeth, promoting bacteria growth. These bacteria feast on sugar to produce acid that damages tooth enamel. With weakened enamel, your teeth are susceptible to cavities. Plaque develops around the gumline as food particles build up and breed more bacteria. Left alone, buildup of plaque can lead to gum disease. Both heart disease and diabetes have been linked to the this chronic oral condition.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Lake Forest Dentist
If you have tooth damage from sugary foods, meet with Dr. Fondriest. At our office, we will provide a comprehensive dental evaluation to determine how to best serve you. Call (847) 234-0517 to schedule an appointment today. We welcome patients from Lake Forest and North Shore suburbs near Chicago.