Article by Dr. Manuela Mereu
Is it true that chocolate is good for our teeth?
The answer comes from a very reliable source: the Veronesi Foundation, which has always been at the forefront of disseminating rules for a healthy lifestyle.
However, the beneficial properties of chocolate reside only in dark chocolate and in particular in bitter cocoa.
The added value of dark chocolate is due to the presence of some substances that prevent the demineralization of the enamel: tannins, fluorides and phosphates.
Furthermore, bitter cocoa contains natural antibacterials that prevent Streptococcus mutans from producing glucan and triggering the development of tooth decay. But be careful because where dark chocolate is consumed in association with other sugars, its anticary capacity is less.
The recommended dark chocolate percentage must be 80-85%, and the quantity of associated sugars must be almost zero.
It is equally important to point out that any anticaries action is associated with correct and scrupulous oral hygiene.
And to the delight of children it is recommended to introduce dark chocolate in the diet after 3-5 years of age, to accustom them to strong and different flavors from sweets.