Cocoa-based toothpaste works better than fluoride

Who needs fluoride when you've got cocoa?

Yes, cocoa -- the main ingredient in chocolate. On its own, cocoa is a powerful protector of both the brain and heart. And now, new research shows how a compound inside cocoa can protect and strengthen teeth better than brain-rotting, cancer-causing, bone-cracking fluoride.

In just one week of twice-a-day brushing, a fluoride-free toothpaste containing the cocoa compound theobromine was able to repair damage to sensitive teeth. And in just a few days, it managed to completely seal up dentinal tubules, according to the study.

That's the part of the tooth that gets exposed after years of wear and tear, leaving you with sensitive and even painful teeth -- but the cocoa-paste managed to not only close it up, but it did so far better than several leading fluoride-based toothpastes.

Now, I'm thrilled to hear about fluoride-free options for dental care. Fluoride is actually a toxic waste byproduct that can make you dumber (which is why the authorities LOVE to put it in water) and has been linked to a long list of major diseases.

And for all that risk, it's not even very good at protecting teeth. In fact, it could actually DAMAGE your teeth.

That said, the new study was funded by the makers of the cocoa-powered toothpaste, so you have to take it with a grain of salt (or a hunk of chocolate if you prefer).

Plus, the cocoa toothpaste sure ain't cheap -- and that's if you can even find it at all.

So let me give you a better option -- a proven way to protect your teeth for just pennies a day: baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

Use a small amount of each to form a paste, and then work it into your teeth and gums (you don't even need a toothbrush). Rinse with the peroxide, don't forget to floss and you'll have the cleanest, strongest, whitest teeth in town.