Could Chocolate be the next Fluoride?
Not yet, but it could be. Fluoride is the stuff we find in toothpaste and mouthwash. Fluoride is also found in our freshwater systems and foods like spinach and grapes. Fluoride is what strengthens our tooth enamel and makes our teeth more resistant to decay, but could it be replaced with a bar of Chocolate?
No, but a naturally occurring extract in the cocoa been Husk or CBH, has been found to work better than Fluoride to restore and repair enamel. So even though a Snickers bar a day won’t keep the Dentist away, don’t be surprised if we start seeing the cocoa bean husk in toothpaste and mouth rinses in the coming years.
Fluoride is very important for strengthening and brightening your teeth so that you can prevent dental cavities. Fluoride improves and strengthens your tooth enamel while destroying harmful bacteria that can lead to gum disease.
Bacteria in the mouth accumulate into a layer of acid-producing plaque if left unchecked. The acid from the plaque erodes essential minerals from the tooth, leading to a weaker tooth structure and problems like cavities, carries, and sensitive teeth due to exposed nerves.
Fluoride can help with these problems. It restores those lost minerals and prevents bacteria from damaging teeth further. Fluoride can naturally be found in water, and for decades now, it has widely been used in the manufacturing of commercial toothpaste, but the fluoride in your water and toothpaste may not be as highly concentrated as the one used in professional treatment.
What is a Dental fluoride treatment?
Dental fluoride treatment can be administered as a finishing, through a mouthwash or dental trays. In the case of finishing, the fluoride is applied after a teeth-whitening procedure. Dental fluoride trays are held between the teeth to dispense fluoride continuously during the period they are worn.
A fluoride treatment does not take long; just a few minutes. The dentist will then instruct you not to “eat or drink within the next 30-60 minutes” so the treatment can fully absorb into your teeth.
Fluoride treatments are suitable for kids and adults alike. However, fluoride-based treatments and pastes for kids under the age of 2 should be cautiously administered. If kids swallow excess fluoride at this age range, it may lead to weaker bones, white specks on teeth, and poor homeostasis.