Do you like coffee? If so, you’ve probably been berated by at least one person about the damaging effects coffee can have on the color of your teeth. You may have also heard or read reports that suggested drinking coffee regularly increases a risk of some illnesses, including heart disease and trouble with your nerves. Other, more recent studies, however, indicate quite the opposite, lending giving rise to hope among coffee drinkers by indicating that moderate daily amounts of coffee may benefit your oral and overall health. West Des Moines family dentist Dr. Jessica Johnson helps clarify the debate and allow you to enjoy your morning cup of joe with ease by explaining coffee’s relations with your mouth.
Beware those Stains!
As most people are aware, coffee is notorious for staining teeth, regardless of the benefits that it may provide your teeth and body. The pigment of your food and beverage is controlled by molecules called chromogens. The darker the pigment, the more conspicuous these particles are, and with their tendency to cling to your tooth enamel, they can mar your smile if proper care is not taken. Try drinking your coffee through a straw to avoid contact with your teeth, and swish water around your mouth to rinse away food particles and chromogens.
Coffee for Better Health?
More recent research indicates that drinking coffee may not be the bane to your health that it was previously thought to be. One study, conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, suggests that participants who consistently drank moderate amounts of coffee were less likely to develop heart disease and other chronic inflammatory illnesses. Participants in other studies also exhibited significantly better periodontal (gum) health when compared to their counterparts, who did not drink coffee.
Keep Your Mouth Healthy in West Des Moines
Experts believe the confusion about coffee’s contribution to damaged health stems from older studies that did not take into account smoking, poor oral hygiene, and other detrimental habits that were common among coffee-drinkers of the time. Nevertheless excess can cause more harm than good, so enjoy your cups of joe with moderation. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jessica Johnson, contact Valley Ridge Family Dental today at (515) 327-62230. Located in West Des Moines, we proudly serve patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Urbandale, Clive, and the surrounding communities.