Fight Cavities with Coffee

You can prevent and fight off cavities with the coffee you love so much. Worldwide, we consume 10.5822 pounds of coffee per person per year, on average.

Dentists tell you daily that coffee can stain the enamel of your teeth. Now we know that drinking coffee can be good forroasting coffee - pixabay cco -758161 640 your teeth and your overall dental health.

Studies show that drinking coffee without additives in moderation inhibits some cavity-causing “bacteria from adhering to your teeth at a rate as high as 98%!”

While you drink your next cup of coffee, let me explain.


How Coffee Benefits Your Teeth

First, it is important to emphasize that we are talking about coffee without additives. This means black coffee, without sugar or sweetener and without milk or cream.

Second, these benefits are derived from roasted coffee. Most of us drink roasted coffee, both at home and in coffee shops. Specifically, medium-roasted coffee has the greatest benefit for your teeth. Medium-roasted coffee has the maximum level of antioxidant activity and an antibacterial activity that prevents even Streptococcus mutans from attaching to your teeth. This is a primary bacterium in causing cavities.

When coffee is roasted, some compounds are formed that do not form under other circumstances. Those compounds include melanoidins (polymers that form in food only at high temperatures). When you drink coffee (without additives) these characteristics prevent the bacteria that cause cavities from attaching to your teeth and causing damage.

What is the Down Side

Many people are surprised to learn that coffee drinkers typically have whiter teeth than others. This is true despite the tannins in coffee that can stain teeth (like cola drinks or wine). These stains, though not removed by additives in toothpaste, can be addressed by your dentist.

What about people who use additives in their coffee? Milk alone will not interfere with the positive effects of coffee for teeth. However, a mixture of milk and sugar or artificial sweetener will reduce the effect of these characteristics of the coffee and allow cavity-causing bacteria to form on tooth surfaces.

Drinking a moderate amount of coffee with no additives can have a positive effect on your dental health. The coffee prevents certain cavity-causing bacteria from attaching to your teeth.

How do you drink your coffee? Will you continue to use additives, or will you switch to black coffee?