“Dental Research: Theobromine, the Chocolate-Based Active Ingredient in Theodent™ Toothpaste, Works Better Than Fluoride to Strengthen Teeth.” –The Wall Street Journal
The list of health benefits of Chocolate continues to grow.A peer-reviewed study investigated the enamel strengthening ability of Theobromine to repair and remineralize cavities. Measuring the hardness of the tooth, the report showed Theobromine’s ability to expand the Apatite crystals that are involved in hardening tooth enamel. This Study in a well-respected Dental Journal shows that Theobromine in Cacao remineralizes teeth better than fluoride. Is cacao truly as the Maya believed, a “Gift from God?”. Well, Theobromine literally means, “Food of the Gods” so go figure!
More research shows that theobromine, is far better for your teeth than your average toothpaste that contains fluoride. So why are we still using fluoride? Places like Hawaii refuse to fluoridate their water. Fluoride is a toxic industrial waste product that, even in small doses can be poisonous to your body. Unfortunately, fluoride is added to the majority of US water supplies on the basis that it helps prevent dental cavities, but this is far from the truth. There are better options to reduce tooth decay than using such a harmful substance as fluoride.
Ingesting fluoride daily in your usual morning routine of brushing your teeth can be bad for your health. Fluoride produces a number of serious health issues, including neurological and endocrine dysfunction. For children, the effects can be even worse. Scientists from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory have classified fluoride as a “chemical having substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity, ” 25 studies have now reported an association between fluoride exposure and reduced IQ in children.
Multiple studies also show that ingesting fluoride can cause many other issue, as shown below.
Increases lead absorption
Disrupts collagen synthesis
Hyperactivity and/or lethargy
Crippling skeletal fluorosis and bone fractures
Genetic damage and cell death
Increased tumor and cancer growth
Disrupts immune system Inhibits antibody production
Brain damage and lowered IQ
Severe eye problems, including blindness
Impaired thyroid function
Bone cancer (osteosarcoma)
Inactivates 62 enzymes
So if fluoride is SO bad for us, then why aren’t more people switching to something more natural and more beneficial to our bodies?
Flouride Vs. Theobromine from Cacao
A recent study by the American Dental Association (ADA) 2013 Annual Session pitted fluoride toothpaste against a new toothpaste that containing the naturally-occurring cacao extract theobromine.
The results showed that people who brushed their teeth with a cacao-extract toothpaste which has theobromine had 100% dental occlusion, with their teeth repairing at a rapid rate. Past scientists have also said that the chocolate ingredient theobromine works much better than fluoride for dental health and that theobromine makes your teeth less likely to be effected by bacterial acid erosion that can lead to cavities.
Some studies show that occlusions in your enamel that expose the dentin and cause hypersensitivity, can be completely filled in and protected with a much thicker layer than fluoride can provide. One study showed that the layer of protection could be about 4 times thicker with theobromine than fluoride can provide.
With alternatives such as theobromine, which is not harmful to the human body, it is unfortunate that fluoride is still found in a large number of everyday toothpastes and mouthwashes. It’s even added to your drinking water – something to watch out for!
It has been proven that the amount of theobromine in a one ounce dark chocolate bar has a better effect on tooth hardness than a 1.1% prescription sodium fluoride treatment. Theobromine was also found to be readily absorbed by the gut, metabolized and cleared cleanly by humans. Medicinal Foods Chocolate Superfood Lovers Bar and CBD bar. The cacao used for these dark chocolate bars boasts an incredible flavor profile and is sourced from Equador. These are a great source of theobromine, as well as Medicinal Foods Cacao Elixir– which is unsweetened!
So if you’re looking to prevent cavities in the most natural and beneficial way for your body, theobromine is the answer! It appears to be more effective and definitely safer than any toothpaste or mouthwash containing fluoride and there is absolutely no risk!
In addition to using a natural theobromine toothpaste, here are a few other tips and tricks to avoid dental cavities.
• Avoid fluoridated water and fluoridated toothpaste.
• Minimize your sugar and grain consumption.
• Practice good oral hygiene and get regular cleanings from a mercury-free natural dentist.
• Consider oil pulling with this Taylors Oil Pulling rinse which is a powerful inhibitor of a large variety of pathogenic organisms.
To read more on dental health, read our blog on the three ancient foods that heal cavities.