For many Americans, drinking a cup or five of coffee every day is a tradition. If you’re among these coffee drinkers, then you may be aware of the risks that some reports claim the beverage can pose to your oral and physical health. Newer studies, however, give rise to hope in many coffee drinkers by suggesting that moderate daily amounts of coffee may actually benefit your health in a few subtle ways. To help clarify the confusion, Miami dentist, Dr. Arun Garg explores the characteristics of coffee that may make it good or bad for your health.
Coffee—For Better or Worse
Caffeine is one of coffee’s defining characteristics (except in the case of decaf), which originally led experts to believe that coffee is a viable risk to your nerves and heart health. Over time, excessive caffeine consumption can be detrimental to your body’s natural rhythms because it eliminates drowsiness to make you feel alert. In moderation, though, caffeine promotes your body’s release of the feel-good chemical dopamine, which can also help lower your stress. What may make coffee an ally to your oral health, however, is its rich population of antioxidants that hunt down and neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. Researchers believe previous studies that adamantly denounced coffee as a dangerous substance did not take into account other lifestyle factors, such as inactivity, unhealthy eating habits, and smoking/chewing tobacco.
Regardless of coffee’s suspected health benefits, there is no denying the fact that the bitter beverage’s dark color can drastically stain your smile. Particles called chromogens lend your food and drink their color, including coffee, and they have a strong tendency to cling to your tooth enamel. Without due diligence, these molecules can permanently mar the color of your smile and may require professional tooth-whitening treatment to erase. To reduce the risk of stains, drink your coffee through a straw and rinse your mouth with water after every cup.
Take Good Care of Your Teeth with Help from Miami Dentist
To learn more, or to schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Arun Garg, contact the Center for Complete Dentistry by calling 305-935-4991, or visit our website to schedule your appointment online. Located in the 33180 area, we proudly serve patients from Miami, Highland Lakes, North Miami Beach, and the surrounding communities.