Celebrate this Valentine’s Day in a healthy way by making dark chocolate your confection of choice. Dark chocolate provides some great benefits to your oral and overall health, and is sure to make your valentine smile!
Dark Chocolate and Your Teeth
If you’re wondering how chocolate can be beneficial to your oral health, studies have shown that cocoa actually contains antioxidants that work to protect your teeth. Chocolate is produced from cocoa beans and dark chocolate contains the most unprocessed cocoa, which means it is full of antioxidants. These antioxidants help prevent plaque from forming onto your teeth and work to prevent periodontal disease. Additionally, unlike hard or gummy candy, chocolate does not cling to your teeth and your saliva is able to wash the sugar away.
Chocolate for a Healthy Heart
The same antioxidants present in chocolate that help to prevent periodontal disease also help to prevent that type of bacteria from entering your bloodstream. This keeps away harmful bacteria that can lead to heart disease. Dark chocolate is also known for lowering blood pressure to stabilize a healthy vascular system. Chocolate even contains fiber and some common minerals such as, Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Potassium and Selenium.
Dark chocolate is guaranteed to put a smile on your valentine’s face as it can actually improve a person’s mood. Not only does dark chocolate contain the anti-depressant serotonin, but it also helps with the production of endorphins. So, go ahead enjoy this Valentine’s Day and indulge in some dark chocolate.
OrthoAccel Technologies wishes you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Valentine’s Day!