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White dinner plate and rosesValentine’s Day is the perfect time to discuss the health benefits of chocolate! Valentine’s Day sees around $1 billion spent on chocolate every single year. It may surprise you, but chocolate is actually one of the few dentist-approved sweet treats. Obviously, you should still practice moderation, but chocolate is preferable to the stickier candies such as taffy or caramel.

Health Benefits of Chocolate

Below are a few of the surprising health benefits that your Valentine’s Day chocolates can offer:

  • Chocolate can boost your brain power
  • Doctors are still studying this one, but chocolate may help fight diabetes
  • Dark chocolate has been proven to improve heart health
  • Chocolate has been linked to a decreased risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Lastly, chocolate melts away more quickly than sticky candies, meaning it has less time to cause damage to the teeth and cause dental problems

Chocolate still contains sugar. Even though it’s preferable to other candies, it’s still important to make sure you brush and floss your teeth after eating sugary treats. The best way to prevent tooth decay, dental cavities and gum disease is to practice good at-home oral hygiene habits. This means brushing at least twice daily, flossing each day, and visiting Dr. Mann & Dr. Owens for a checkup and a cleaning every six months.

From all of us at Durango Dentistry, have a Happy Valentine’s Day! To contact our office, please call us here at our Durango, Colorado location.