Eating chocolate and smooching is said to be a perfect match! Tempting thought, don’t you think? According to research by Japanese scientists, the cocoa bean husk that is part of chocolate has a compound that may reduce the chances of tooth decay and gum disease. Who says there wasn’t a scientific reason why you spent hours as a teenager perfecting your French kissing style with your boyfriend or girlfriend? The cocoa bean husk that is wasted in chocolate production has a natural anti bacterial compound that protects your mouth and fights against plaque and other damaging agent that could affect your tooth enamel and gums.
Tooth decay is caused by foods containing ‘fermentable carbohydrates’ contained in most starches and sugars, including those in natural foods and those added to processed foods. Tooth decay depends on the frequency and amount of exposure to ‘fermented carbohydrates’ in our mouth, increasing the potential for cavities and gum disease. Research in Boston showed that chocolate is able to offset the acid-potential produced by the sugars it produces. Milk chocolate proteins, calcium and phosphate provide have properties that protect the enamel of our teeth. Also, the fact that chocolate contains more fat proteins than other sweets means that it melts quicker and thus our teeth are not exposed to harmful sugars for too long. In addition saliva enzymes mixed with those anti bacterial agents breaks down the fats and sugars and washes all the remaining food particles out of the crevices between your teeth. Hence, research is being carried out to add the antibacterial ingredient in cocoa husk to mouthwash and toothpaste.
David Beighton, a dental practitioner at Guys, Kings and St Thomas, Dental Institute in London thinks that the active compound in cocoa bean husk is also found in other plants like chewing sticks used in Africa. Though, his recommendation is that good oral hygiene and a healthy diet, rather than eating loads of chocolate, is still the best way to healthy teeth.
Nevertheless chocolate seems to have a lot of unique properties that benefit our health and now our teeth. Anchoring its reputation as a confectionery we all love and loathe because we cannot get enough of it. Now we have another reason to eat chocolate and re-enact the days of being in a lip-lock for hours in an attempt to enable all those good anti bacterial compounds to get around your teeth. Chocolate, in moderation, is obviously very good for your well-being and dental health and we all do not mind having another reason to surprise your other half with a box of chocolate and cuddle up as often as possible?