Chocolate Toothpaste? Extract Of Tasty Treat Could Fight Tooth Decay…

Posted on 10 August 2009 by admin


For a healthy smile brush between meals, floss regularly and eat plenty of chocolate?

According to Tulane University doctoral candidate Arman Sadeghpour an extract of cocoa powder that occurs naturally in chocolates, teas, and other products might be an effective natural alternative to fluoride in toothpaste. In fact, his research revealed that the cocoa extract was even more effective than fluoride in fighting cavities.

The extract, a white crystalline powder whose chemical makeup is similar to caffeine, helps harden teeth enamel, making users less susceptible to tooth decay. The cocoa extract could offer the first major innovation to commercial toothpaste since manufacturers began adding fluoride to toothpaste in 1914.

The extract has been proven effective in the animal model, but it will probably be another two to four years before the product is approved for human use and available for sale, Sadeghpour says. But he has already created a prototype of peppermint flavored toothpaste with the cavity-fighting cocoa extract added, and his doctoral thesis research compared the extract side by side to fluoride on the enamel surface of human teeth.

I am curious to know what you think of this research. I find it hard to believe….

3 Comments For This Post

  1. Cosmetic Dentistry Says:

    As counterintuitive, and interesting, as it sounds, I really think this is one of those issues where it will be best to simply wait for the information to come in from the research. It will certainly mark a turn in the toothpaste industry should the research turn out to be positive for this extract.

    Never thought we’d be able to make sense of the phrase ‘chocolate vs. fluoride’, but here we are nonetheless.

  2. Dentist Clearwater Says:

    I am also a bit apprehensive in believing in this bit of information. For the longest time, we were told that the sugar in the chocolate bar that we eat is harmful for our teeth, now we hear another opinion. I agree though that we should wait for the results of the tests and see if it is actually possible.

  3. Houston Dentist Says:

    I read your blog vey carefully .i think it is very knoledegable information for everyone.

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