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It’s no secret that dark colored drinks like coffee can be especially tough on teeth, specifically the color. But what we didn’t know is that the high caffeine content in coffee may actually be beneficial to our oral health. Researchers at Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine recently conducted a study to test the impact of coffee on periodontal health.


The unusual study, which appeared in the Journal for Periodontology back in August, was the first long-term retrospective research project of its kind and included data collected over the span of 30 years. The findings were promising and it was determined that avid coffee drinkers are not really compromising their dental health. Over the 30 year span, there was no detected correlation between coffee consumption and tooth loss. Further, the antioxidants found in the coffee beans are known to aid in overall health and may actually help fight gum disease.

But here’s the catch – while this outcome is of great significance and a catalyst for future studies of its kind, drinking lots of coffee isn’t likely to give you a sparkling white smile. Only the black, strong, unsweetened brew will be of assistance to your mouth. This means adding milk, cream or sugar will have a counterproductive effect. And although it is less acidic than fruit juice or soda, coffee will still stain your teeth. But fear not – drinking it with a straw, or swishing with water or brushing post-coffee can help keep the decay at bay.

If you’re still seeing dark stains even after brushing or swishing, give us a call and ask about our Zoom! Whitening Treatments. This professional strength whitening system will rid you of those dark tints the coffee left behind, and can brighten your smile by up to 10 shades! At Cromwell Dental we offer both in-office and take-home versions so we can customize your treatment based on your individual needs and lifestyle.

Read more in the full BU Public Relations article.

Coffee Consumption and Periodontal Disease in Males
Nathan Ng, Elizabeth Krall Kaye, and Raul I. Garcia
Journal of Periodontology, August 2014, Vol. 85, No. 8 , Pages 1042-1049
(doi: 10.1902/jop.2013.130179)

Information also provided by Dentistry Today and FoxNews.

 

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