Tooth Pain

Why does my Teeth hurt when I eat Chocolate?

Nowadays, chocolate is a well-known sweet. I think there is no single person there who has never consumed chocolate. People frequently ask, “Why do my teeth hurt when I eat chocolate or other sweets?” I decided to publish an article in response to these often-asked questions.

If you enjoy eating chocolate and are concerned about getting cavities or toothaches in the future, you should read the full article. I’ll try to address all of your queries regarding eating chocolate and why your tooth hurts.

Does chocolate damage your teeth?

If you mean pure dark chocolate, then the answer is NO. According to new research, pure dark chocolate is far more effective at fighting tooth decay than fluoride found in most toothpaste.

Pure dark chocolate has a component that aids in the prevention of bacterial development, cavities, tooth decay, and other oral infections.

According to National Library of Medicine [1], Cocoa contains polyphenols, which have antimicrobial effects. It has the ability to decrease biofilm and acid production by S mutans (Streptococcus Mutans).

Cocoa, as you may know, is the primary component of chocolate. According to recent research, cocoa contains polyphenols that have antimicrobial properties.

Streptococcus mutans and S. sanguinis are the names of the bacteria responsible for tooth decay. They reduce the production of biofilm and acids on the surface of the teeth.

Cocoa has the ability to prevent these bacteria from producing such acids on enamel as much as possible. That is how chocolate in its purest form is not harmful to your teeth but rather beneficial.

But remember that I’m not talking about the processed chocolate you can easily buy in stores. These chocolates include a high sugar level as well as other ingredients.

These ingredients flip chocolate’s positive characteristics to the harmful side. Sugary foods are the leading cause of cavities and tooth decay.

Why do my teeth hurt only when I eat chocolate?

There are several varieties of chocolate available on the market. Your choice of chocolate relies on your own preferences. Typically, four components are utilized in the production of chocolate.

  1. Cacao Beans
  2. Cocoa Butter
  3. Sugar
  4. Milk

DameCacao: Because cacao beans have a rather bitter flavour, sugar is the primary contributor to the sweetness of chocolate [2]. Therefore, adding sugar to it is necessary to make it delicious. Cocoa butter is essentially a form of fat extracted from the seeds of the Theobroma cacao tree.

When you consume chocolate, the sweet and sticky stuff stays on your teeth. Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sanguinis begin to grow there over time. These bacteria create a distinct coating of plaque and excrete acid as waste.

These acids damage the hard outer coating of the tooth and weaken it. This is how cavities form on your teeth. When these cavities reach the innermost soft layer, known as dentin, they cause intense pain.

It is a slow process at times, but if you eat chocolate while suffering from a cavity, your teeth may hurt suddenly and severely.

Even if you don’t have a cavity, your teeth might hurt when you eat chocolate. There might be other causes for your toothache, such as sensitivity, allergies to chocolate or its ingredients, interproximal caries, food impaction, and so on.

First, try changing the flavor of your chocolate to check whether the next kind of chocolate does not hurt your teeth.

If your teeth still hurt when you eat chocolate, you should stop consuming it. Second, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to avoid further dental damage.

Sugar, as well as other ingredients, make the chocolate quite sticky. It may become trapped, especially in the back teeth, and begin to erode the enamel.

Brushing and flossing do not reach the back teeth and may not clean them effectively. That is why back teeth become suddenly sensitive to chocolate most of the time.

Solute Concentration is also the cause of your tooth ache when you eat chocolate or any sweet content. Actually, sugar consumption exposes enamel and causes Osmosis. You can get a better understanding by watching the video below.

Why does Sugar Hurt our Teeth?

How to eat Chocolate without damaging Teeth?

There is no way to consume chocolate without causing tooth damage. However, you can safeguard your teeth by cleaning them properly and keeping good dental hygiene.

You should wait at least 20 to 30 minutes before cleaning your teeth. Brushing too quickly will destroy your enamel.

According to new research, your enamel weakens after each meal due to various chemical reactions. So wait a half hour before cleaning your teeth.

Does chocolate make your teeth yellow?

When you consume dark chocolate, you are less likely to have stains on your teeth than when you eat sweet chocolate. As previously stated, pure dark chocolate is extremely healthy for teeth.

Normal sweets Chocolates are harmful because of the ingredients they contain. If you eat chocolate in excess, it will stain your teeth.

I don’t, however, have any proof that eating chocolate makes your teeth exactly yellow. Too much chocolate consumption can cause discoloration in your teeth a negative effect.

If you wish to avoid tooth discoloration, maintain brushing and flossing regularly. Concentrate on the back teeth because most patients complain about back toothache when they consume something sweet, such as chocolate, Ice Cream.

Do Dentists eat Chocolate?

Yes, dentists eat chocolate and encourage their patients to do so as well, but only pure dark chocolate because they understand the health advantages of dark chocolate.

Dentists do not acquire cavities from consuming sweets like ordinary people. The reason is simple they understand how to maintain excellent mouth hygiene, especially while consuming sweets such as chocolate and beverages.

Some dentists offer chocolate toothpaste to their patients. Yes, you read that correctly: chocolate toothpaste.

Is Chocolate Toothpaste real?

Yes, that is true, and many manufacturers have introduced chocolate flavors into the market may, be for testing purposes. Chocolate toothpaste gets its name from the chocolate flavor.

TeethHandTooth: Crest company launches its first chocolate toothpaste in 2014 to compete and build an unique presence among consumers [3]. However, this concept was not well received, and Crest discontinued the production of chocolate toothpaste.

There are still several brands available in marketplaces that offer such toothpaste. I’ll try to provide you with some links. You may get additional information on their official pages.

I’m unsure whether chocolate toothpaste is good or bad for your teeth. I do not suggest it to any of my patients and have not personally tested it. So it’s up to you if you want to try these chocolate kinds of toothpaste. Best of luck and keep smiling 🙂

Links to Chocolate Toothpaste are:

  1. Tanner’s Tasty Paste Cha Cha Chocolate
  2. Dr. Sheffield’s Certified Natural Toothpaste (Chocolate)
  3. R.O.C.S. toothpaste Junior Chocolate and Caramel

Does chocolate cause cavities?

If you’re a chocolate lover, you might wonder if it’s terrible for your teeth. Well, the answer is yes, too much chocolate can cause cavities.

That’s because chocolate contains sugar, and the bacteria love to feed on sugar and produce acids that can damage your teeth.

But not all chocolate is the same – dark chocolate is better than milk chocolate because it has less sugar.

Plus, it has compounds called polyphenols that can help protect your teeth.

So, if you want to enjoy some chocolate, go for the dark kind in moderation, and don’t forget to brush and floss!

Reference:

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19397954/
  2. https://damecacao.com/ingredients-in-chocolate/
  3. https://teethandtooth.com/where-did-chocolate-toothpaste-originate-from/
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Dr. Ahtsham

I am a dentist. I am working hard to keep this blog updated for those suffering from tooth pain. It is my goal to make this blog the source for all information regarding tooth pain. Feel free to contact me if you are suffering from toothache.

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