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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Coffee can actually protect your teeth

Like most people, I like my morning cup of coffee. It wakes me up and helps me get on with the day and it’s also my energy booster in the afternoons when I need to stay on schedule. Thankfully, there is new research out that reveals our mugful might do more than just boost energy; it could protect our teeth too.  Boston University researchers discovered that men who drank one or more cups of coffee per day showed significantly less bone loss in their teeth over 30 years than those who sipped less.

Along with having sturdier and yes, more stained teeth, the daily coffee drinkers showed no signs of gum disease, like bleeding gums. This was even after the researchers controlled for factors that could increase their risk, like alcohol consumption, smoking, and brushing or flossing too hard. Coffee, it seems, was an X-factor in keeping these teeth healthy.

According to study's author Raul Garcia, this could be thanks to the chemical components in brewed coffee, which have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects. These compounds, including caffeine, caffeic acid, and chlorogenic acid combat the oxidative damage and inflammation that cause gum disease. Oxidative damage can also lead to a whole host of diseases that affect your whole body, like rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.

Although these benefits are encouraging, too much coffee per day may have other negative consequences, such as sleeping problems.  More than four cups a day has also been linked to irritability, rapid heartbeat, and even an increased risk of early death.

So how much coffee is ideal for our teeth?  In the study Garcia didn't report any data about it but it was suggested that an average of two or more cups a day had the most benefit. One important note to remember is that if you take your coffee with sugar, you up your risk of cavities.  So I’m happy with my two, none sweeten cups of coffee and I use teeth whiting treatments to combat the stains. Cheers!! 

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