The Doctors: DIY Chocolate Toothpaste?
In another segment of Stuff My Mom Forwards Me, Dr Travis Stork wanted to take on some dental myths that are circulating the internet. Dentist Dr Chris Strandburg first took on the claim that chocolate is better for your teeth than fluoride. There’s even a recipe for DIY toothpaste made with baking soda, coconut oil, clove essential oils, and organic raw cacao or cocoa powder! Dr Strandburg explained that scientists found that a chemical compound in cocoa beans, when isolated, actually repaired teeth and fought cavities better than fluoride found in toothpaste. The problem is that there is just a small amount of that compound found in cacao.
Cacao is good for your health because it’s naturally low in sugar, but you certainly shouldn’t use it as toothpaste!