Does Dark Chocolate Stain Your Teeth? | Happy Valentine's Day
Chocolate comes is a wide range of varieties from milk, to semi sweet to dark and even unsweetened. Those who favor dark chocolate may notice that these selections are often chalkier and more bitter tasting than the sweeter types. Given the lower sugar content, there are healthier benefits associated with choosing dark chocolate. However, some have wondered whether the rich flavor of dark chocoloate can be linked to stronger dyes that could aggressively stain teeth.
In my experience, dark chocolate does not stain teeth more than milk chocolate. Foods that have greater effects on staining include tobacco in all forms, rich sauces like curry or stir fry and dark beverages such as red wine, coffee, and tea. Generally, chocolate is recommended over its sticky candy counterparts because it melts and is more easily rinsed away. To lessen the harm of staining as well as the risk of decay, it is recommend to drink water after chocolate consumption and maintain good oral hygiene.
Dark chocolate is a favored sweet for many reasons and like most indulgences should be enjoyed in moderation. Happy Valentine's Day!