Scottsdale Dentist: Coffee, Please!

As you’ve probably seen scrolling through your news feeds, coffee has pros and cons in the articles you stumble upon. However, coffee is not something we are willing to give up! Depending on your sources, you may stumble upon facts that say that moderate coffee drinking, around 3-5 cups a day, is beneficial to dental patients! (Academy of General Dentistry)

Combined studies on coffee have also shown that

  • Two cups of coffee can cut post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%. (Journal of Pain, 2007)
  • There is considerable evidence to support that coffee may inhibit the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Participants in a study who consumed 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day were less likely to show the beginning signs of heart disease. (BMJ, 2015).
  • Moderate consumption of coffee can reduce the odds of developing colorectal cancer by 26%. (AAAS, 2016).

As for your teeth – coffee has some effects that may be a nuisance to you, such as staining over time. With regular dental cleanings and, if desired, whitening treatments, your stains can be gently removed and a white smile maintained. If you take sugar in your coffee, beware of its lingering affects to your oral health. Sipping on sugary coffee throughout the day should be accompanied by extra brushing or swishing with mouthwash. Why? The sugars in coffee stick to your teeth and convert into acid, eating away at your enamel, potentially causing tooth decay over time!

Coffee may be essential for your lifestyle, as it is ours, which has its benefits! Just make sure you are thinking about your smile when drinking it!