It’s finally February and everyone knows the holiday associated with this month: Valentine’s Day! So cue the romantic surprises, flowers and chocolates for that special someone. And speaking of chocolates, it turns out that this sweet may actually improve your oral health!
Yes, you heard us correctly. New research suggests that dark chocolate has plaque-fighting properties that are comparable even to our fluoride treatment!
According to a study by Osaka University in Japan, the outside shell of the cocoa bean helps fight bad bacteria and tooth decay. The antibacterial properties of the husk works to eliminate plaque. It is so effective in fighting cavities that scientists suggest that the use of cocoa bean husk could be used in mouthwashes and toothpastes in the future!
Since this antibacterial agent is found only in the husk of the coca bean, many times this part is taken out during the manufacturing process. Chances are, the milk chocolates that are sold in stores aren’t going to help fight cavities. However, at Brad Pitts Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer fluoride treatments that can help protect your teeth against the sugary sweets you may be receiving this month!
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is an element that helps the tooth fight bacteria and prevents tooth decay. It is found naturally in soil, certain foods and water. Synthesized fluoride has been added to community water since the 1930’s. Studies have shown that people who drink fluoridated water have less cavities than those who do not.
What is Fluoride Treatment?
At Brad Pitts Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer fluoride treatments. This procedure entails professional strength levels of fluoride that is directly applied to the tooth. It takes less than five minutes to complete the procedure and can boost your mouth’s ability to fight bacteria and decrease cavities.
Fluoride can be found in many sources such as your toothpaste, mouthwashes and even drinking water. However, our fluoride treatment is the most effective way to fight bacteria because it is a much higher concentration than that found in toothpastes or mouth rinses.
After a fluoride treatment, you will be asked to avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes to allow the fluoride to set in the teeth. Depending on your oral health needs, Dr. Brad Pitts may recommend repeating the treatment every 3, 6 or 12 months.
So, don’t hold back when it comes to eating those Valentine sweets! Just remember to brush and floss regularly and schedule your appointment for a fluoride treatment to prevent cavities! If you are interested in learning more about our fluoride treatments or would like to schedule your appointment, visit us at Brad Pitts Family and Cosmetic Dentistry or call us today at (803) 808-1778.