Level 1, 11-17 Khartoum Rd North Ryde 2113

Is chocolate bad for your teeth?

Surprisingly, the answer is no.   And here’s why…

Chocolate is concentrated and is in and out of your mouth quickly. (If you’re anything like me!)

There are two things that cause decay – sugar and acid.   Chocolate is not acidic but it does, obviously contain sugar.  It’s all about moderation and the quality of your saliva.

How do you know if you have high quality saliva?

A simple guide would be to taste it yourself if it has a lemony, or acidic flavor or your dentist can clinically test the PH levels of your saliva.

If your saliva is PH neutral then it is unlikely that the chocolate will cause cavities, if eaten in moderation.  Acidic saliva will cause decay and erosion of the teeth.

How does Acid cause decay?

Acid demineralises the tooth, which means the calcium is being extracted, causing cavities. This happens when the saliva is acidic.

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Where does the acid come from?

  1. Acidic Foods, such as:
  • Yoghurt
  • fruits (example Citrus)
  • soft drink and fruit juice
  1. Gastric Reflux
  2. Sugary foods

How does sugar and acid relate to each other?

The bacteria in plaque converts sugar into acid. And remember, acid breaks down (demineralises) the tooth structure.

So, is chocolate bad for your teeth? We can see that chocolate has sugar, but no acid. So if you can keep your plaque under control then you dramatically reduce the risk of cavities.

Where to go from here?

My recommendation is for you to :-

a) identify the problem and
b) change the environment, and
c) moderate you’re eating.

Some suggestions to change your behavior and environment to reduce the risk of cavities:

  • Drink water after meals
  • Chew sugar free gum eg Wrigleys Extra which stimulates the saliva
  • Floss once a week or daily if possible
  • Use Colgate Acid Sugar Neutraliser Toothpast
  • Moderate your diet where possible.
  • Avoid night time treats

It’s the saliva that matters, it should NOT be acidic. Change the saliva and you change the rate of decay. Enjoy your treat, in moderation.

Want to know more?   Call me on 02 9888 221, we are located at Level 1, 11-17 Khartoum Rd North Ryde.

Marcelle Girgis, for Prevent Dental, North Ryde

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