Yes, this sounds too good to be true, “eating dark chocolate is good for your heart and teeth”. Because the last time you went for a dental check up, your dentist in Mumbai may have asked you to cut down on chocolate and other things sweet. However, what we have in this post will be good news for all chocoholics!
Recent studies done in England, the USA and Japan indicate that dark chocolate is actually very effective in fighting cavities, tooth decay, plaque, and maybe better than fluoride. Going ahead, a certain compound found in dark chocolate, that helps here, may be used in mouthwashes and toothpaste.
SWEET NEWS Chocoholics?
Eat your fill, it’s good for your heart as we discussed in an earlier post here. Eating dark chocolate slashes the risk of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. A bar of the sweet treat is actually good for your health as per researchers at the University of Cambridge. They found that regular consumption of chocolate may slash the risk of developing heart disease by upto 30%.
The finding backs up the results of earlier studies that generally agree on a potential positive link between eating chocolate and heart health, the Daily Mail reported. For their study, Dr Oscar Franco and Cambridge colleagues carried out a large scale review of the existing evidence to see the effects of eating chocolate on heart attacks and strokes. They analysed the results of seven studies, which had involved more than 100,000 people with and without existing heart disease. For each study, they compared the group with the highest chocolate consumption against the group with the lowest. Differences in study design and quality were also taken into account to minimize bias.
Five studies reported a beneficial link between higher levels of chocolate consumption and the risk of cardiovascular events. They found that the “highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with a 37% reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 29% reduction in stroke compared with lowest levels.” However, no significant reduction was found in relation to heart failure, the researchers reported in British Medical Journal. The studies, they said, did not differentiate between dark or milk chocolate and included consumption of chocolate bars, drinks, biscuits and desserts.
Experts Recommend Caution
But despite the findings, the researchers said chocolates should be taken “with caution” and people should be careful which chocolate they chose to eat. This is because commercially available chocolates are high in calories — around 500 calories for every 100 grams — and eating too much of it could lead to weight gain and put eaters at risk of diabetes and heart disease, they said. The researchers will now look at whether other factors could explain the positive effects.
There has been a string of studies in recent years showing a potential health benefit from eating chocolate. Dark chocolate, in particular, contains compounds good for the blood system.
Periodic Dental Check Up Recommended
As is the case with all things good, caution is highly advised on excessive consumption of anything. And as practising dentists in Mumbai for past 40 years, we recommend everyone for regular dental check ups. So what happens during dental check-ups, why they’re important, and how often you should visit the dentist, you may ask.
At each check-up, your dentist should: Examine your teeth, gums and mouth. Ask about your general health and any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit. Ask about, and give you advice on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits. – www.nhs.uk
And if you are a chocoholic, and are worried about your teeth, regular check-ups will help you keep track of the health of your teeth, gums and mouth. It will also prevent any minor issues from escalating to serious problems. Hence leading dentists recommend a six monthly check up supported by a good dental hygiene to keep your mouth healthy.
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