It is easy to make the sweeping generalisation that dentists detest chocolate. It is animosity at the most basic, even childlike, level. But still, drawing such conclusions is not at all a mark of misinformation. We can taste the sense in the notion, as the idea of candy=tooth decay continues to hold undeniably true and stay deliciously enjoyable to defy.
But, with the legion of past and present dental practitioners who, might we add, being human, love chocolate themselves, it was only a matter of time before a shining justification for consuming cacao emerged from within their dedicated ranks.
Rejoice. Chocolate is good for your teeth.
Dreams Do Come True
Yes, researchers have found the redeeming quality of chocolate in the dental realm. Yes, chocolate is effective at fighting cavities, tooth decay and plaque. Yes, substances in chocolate may be more effective than fluoride itself. ‘The object to which every dental product revolves around’ fluoride. But, do not throw out all your non-chocolate-flavoured toothpaste just yet.
Despite the exhaustive, creative efforts of researchers from Japan to the U.S. to right here in England, there is still much that people do not know about the teeth-friendly qualities of chocolate; only that it is there. Harnessing it is one thing, placing it at the forefront of marketing is another.
Convincing of Cocoa
You may be thinking that ‘dental chocolate’ would be the easiest item to market since the Wonka factory opened. But, a golden ticket would seem less inviting if instead of a generous milk chocolate bar, people had to gnaw on a handful of bitter, dark chocolate beans first.
Sugar is still outlawed, and every product, even chocolate, needs to abide if it wants to become standard. According to dentists in Weybridge who weighed in on cocoa’s validity as a true dental commodity, commercial chocolate is not good enough. They tell people who want to jump ahead and ‘celebrate’ this discovery by gorging on chocolate that the best way to do so is by chewing on nibs, or the roasted beans separated from their husks.
The ‘food of the gods’ may soon dominate the dental product market, as eating chocolate for the sake of the teeth becomes more technical and less guilty. Not that this would stop people from doing so in any case.