Chocolate lovers, rejoice. It turns out that chocolate may actually be good for your dental health.
As if you needed an excuse to eat chocolate, the cocoa butter in chocolate contains a substance called tannins, and the Academy of General Dentistry has cited studies showing that the tannins in chocolate are actually beneficial for your teeth! They reduce the ability of harmful bacteria to stick to your gums and teeth, making it less likely that the bacteria will produce the acids that cause decay.
Research suggests that chocolate has other benefits besides discouraging cavities: