A Tooth-Friendly Treat for Valentine’s Day, National Chocolate Lovers Month, and Beyond!
You may have bitten into your Valentine’s Day chocolates with a twinge of guilt, but we have good news. If you chose your chocolate carefully, you may have done yourself a favor — relatively speaking at least. There’s a lot to love about dark chocolate!
Since February is National Chocolate Lovers Month, we thought now would be the perfect time for us to give you some tasty reasons to choose more cocoa-rich chocolate when you have a sweet tooth at any time of year.
Making the Case for Dark Chocolate
Let’s be clear about one thing: we’re not suggesting that ANY candy is better for you than healthy snacks like fruits, vegetables, milk, and protein. But in the candy category, dark chocolate is a superstar. There are several reasons:
- Anti-Carcinogens: Studies have shown that cocoa, derived from the cacao plant and the primary ingredient in dark chocolate, contains certain chemicals that demonstrate anti-carcinogenic and antibacterial action. That means it could actually help fight cavities at some level. That’s just a bonus — never stop brushing and flossing!
- Anti-Oxidants: Dark chocolate comprised of 50–90% cocoa also contains anti-oxidants, which are linked to heart health and reduced risk of cancer. We know that your overall health and your dental health are deeply intertwined, so we’re fans of the anti-oxidants in dark chocolate and other “superfoods.”
- Pro-Endorphins: Many studies have linked small amounts of dark chocolate with a big boost of happiness. We’re not going to argue with that. Happiness is as good for dental health as it is overall. We’re for things that help reduce stress and keep you smiling!
- Safer for Biting: This might seem really basic, but that’s true about most components of oral health. Of all the candies you can choose, dark chocolate is one of the best options for your teeth, because it’s not sticky, and it’s generally not hard enough to crack a tooth. Every decision matters when it comes to taking care of your teeth!
Cherish Those Chocolatey Treats
We hope you received or chose a beautiful box of lovely dark chocolates to savor this year rather than the cute-but-brittle sweetheart message candies! If you’re still shopping for your National Chocolate Lovers Month favorites, look for a minimum of 50% cacao to make the most of your craving.
And of course, stick to your routine and come on in to see us for your semi-annual cleaning!
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