If you prefer dark chocolate, there is some very good news as it can actually be good for your teeth. This is because dark chocolate contains more of the cocoa bean and cocoa beans have lots of good ingredients. They contain flavonoids, polyphenols and tannins, which are antioxidants that benefit your teeth and mouth. Dark chocolate contains about four times the amount of antioxidants compared with green tea. Tannins give chocolate its characteristically slightly bitter taste and help prevent cavities by stopping bacteria from sticking to your teeth so easily. Flavonoids help to slow the progress of tooth decay, and polyphenols work to neutralise microorganisms that cause gum infections, bad breath and tooth decay.
Dark chocolate is the best chocolate to choose because it is far less processed compared with milk and white chocolate. The healthiest dark chocolate contains at least 70% cocoa, and an added perk is that dark chocolate contains less sugar than other varieties, so it’s better for weight control too. However, like all sweets, dark chocolate isn’t low in calories but consuming a couple of squares each day can satisfy a craving for something sweet without being too much of an indulgence.