Is Coffee Good for Your Teeth After All?

According to research published recently in the Letters in Applied Microbiology journal, drinking strong black coffee may help to break down bacterial biofilms such as cavity-causing dental plaque, which is the main culprit of tooth decay and gum disease.

While the study’s lead researcher, Professor Andrea Antonio from Federal University in Rio de Janeiro said its potential is exciting, there are also problems with drinking too much coffee, such as staining and the effects of acidity on tooth enamel. And, for those who take lots of sugar and cream in their coffee, the positive effects are likely to be cancelled out.

It may be good news for black coffee drinkers, but Dr. Rita Medwid, dentist in Stuart, Florida, along with most all dental experts know the best thing for your teeth is limiting sweets along with regular dental visits and healthy habits like daily brushing and flossing.

South Florida residents will be glad to know there is an excellent dentist in Stuart that can help promote healthy teeth and gums through regular cleanings which can prevent gum disease that causes inflammation. If bacteria is allowed to remain, and inflammation worsens, gum tissues may be damaged which can lead to a more advanced state of gum disease. The worse it gets, with plaque moving further down the root of the tooth, its supporting bone is destroyed, causing the tooth to loosen and eventually fall out.

Visiting the dentist will also provide you with a glistening smile as regular cleaning can remove those stains caused by coffee, as well as tea, other beverages and certain foods. With a whiter, brighter smile, you’ll feel more confident which can help positively transform many areas of your life.

Regular exams performed by your dentist in Stuart also include an examination of your mouth to look for any signs of oral cancer, vitamins or vitamin deficiencies – all of which if left unchecked can lead to serious health problems, and can even be fatal.

In addition to seeing the dentist regularly, taking care of your teeth and gums in-between visits is a must, whether you drink coffee or not – so don’t forget to brush twice a day, and floss at least once daily.

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