Valentine’s Day is coming up, and many lucky Valentines can look forward to receiving flowers, cuddly animals, or a box of chocolates, among other things. Every Valentine’s Day, lovers spend about $1 billion on chocolate alone!
Although it may come as a surprise, dentists are fine with chocolate being the preferred Valentine’s Day treat. Chocolate is preferable to sticky candy like caramel, which can pull out fillings and crowns, and hard candies, which can harm teeth.
Health Benefits of Valentine’s Day Chocolate
A few reasons why chocolate is preferred over other sweet delicacies are listed below:
- Chocolate improves mental performance.
- Although further research is needed, chocolate has been shown to help with diabetes. Dark chocolate has also been shown to help with heart health.
- Chocolate consumption has been linked to a lower risk of stroke.
- Chocolate is preferred by dentists because it melts faster than sticky candies, allowing it to spend less time on the teeth.
It’s vital to keep in mind that chocolate still has sugar in it. Sugar can cause dental cavities and tooth decay if you don’t brush and floss regularly, so make sure you brush and floss every day.
Please contact West Houston Periodontics today if you have concerns about gum disease or would want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Calongne, our experienced periodontist.