Coffee consumption is synonymous with stained teeth, because of this your dentist may suggest you avoid drinking coffee for a brighter smile. While coffee can have a negative impact on the whiteness of your teeth, research has shown that coffee may actually be beneficial to your overall oral health. Studies in dental medicine at Boston University have proven that regular coffee intake can prevent and reverse gum disease.
Coffee is known to contain both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which are beneficial to both overall and oral health. Regular consumption of coffee is statistically related to a minor decrease in periodontic (gum-related) issues. It is suggested that a moderate consumption of black coffee has been found to:
- Reduce tooth decay
- Decrease plaque formation on the teeth
- Prevent gum disease
These findings are only related to the consumption of black coffee as sugar or cream can have detrimental effects on your oral health. You can avoid yellowed teeth from coffee consumption by thoroughly rinsing your mouth with warm water or brushing your teeth after having a cup of coffee.
For more information on periodontics and the prevention of gum disease in Beverly Hills, schedule your appointment with Dr. Rodney Raanan today.