When we think about chocolate, the first thing that probably comes to mind after the deliciousness, is the sugar content. It is true that chocolate does contain a good amount of sugar, but this sugar is easily washed away. A simple glass of water can take plain chocolate off your teeth before it has time to break down enamel.
If you want to do even better for your teeth, dark chocolate which is 70% cocoa, is much better for your oral health in the long run than milk chocolate. Dark chocolate is a good source of polyphenols which can inhibit oral bacteria. Dark chocolate also contains flavonoids which have shown to slow the progression of tooth decay.
So the next time you or your child has a sugar craving, indulge, but try and stick to plain dark chocolate instead of the gummy or sour candies.