How can a black cup of coffee reduce tooth decay?
Scientists have found that a particular type of coffee bean holds properties that can destroy the plaque-causing bacteria that is found in your mouth.
We know that excessive coffee, tea and dark liquids and foods can stain our teeth – it’s no secret either. If you take a stroll down the dental aisle in your local supermarket you can find an abundance of toothpaste our mouthwashes ‘specifically formulated’ for coffee/tea drinkers. But what you didn’t know is that coffee may have a positive effect on your teeth!
Tooth Decay Prevention
Scientists from Brazil have recently uncovered some interesting findings of our beloved morning must have a ritual. Coffee, when consumed in moderation, can physically stop tooth decay. Too good to be true? Keep reading…
What’s the catch?
Access Dental Care in Perth & Bull Creek would like to reiterate: this does not apply to your caramel latte with cream or flat white with condensed milk. If you like it strong, with no sugar, black and in moderation, your teeth will reap the rewards.
It’s now proven that a certain type of coffee bean contains an anti-bacterial property that can help break down bacterial biofilms that cause plaque; the major cause of tooth decay. The scientist group based in Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University did the testing on extracted baby teeth using the Coffea canephora extract. The researchers used teeth that were donated by children by cultivating biofilms on the teeth using bacteria found in the various saliva samples.
If you are wondering what Coffea canephora is; it’s a coffee bean that is commonly used throughout the coffee drinking world, making up 30% of global consumption.
How does the extract work?
The experiment saw encouraging results for the average coffee drinking individual. The extract effectively broke down the bacteria that caused plaque – acting as a cleaning agent. The researchers believe that the antioxidants found in the coffee bean extract were most likely responsible for the breakdown of the harmful bacteria, however further research is needed to be considered as a fact.
In separate findings, Tokyo’s University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences have found that another organic material can be used to breakdown oral bacteria. Hop leaves are said to contain polyphenols that prevent the release of toxins once in the mouth. Yes, that’s right; hop leaves that are used to make beer! Note, however, there is no evidence suggesting that drinking beer leads to improved oral health.
Talks are now pointing toward the extraction of the coffee bean antioxidant and re-purposing it for such things as mouthwash and toothpaste. Let’s just hope we don’t see any beer or coffee flavoured toothpaste on the supermarket shelves anytime soon.
Access Dental Care encourages coffee drinkers to approach these findings with caution.
Too much coffee can be harmful and cause associated problems for your teeth such as the erosion of enamel from the acidity level in coffee or its staining effect. Not to mention its potential health effects related to anxiety, insomnia, heart-related issues, headaches etc.
Further information on tooth decay
If you are suffering from toothaches, cavities, gum inflammation or any other oral problem, it may be results of plaque build-up. Find out more information on tooth decay and treatment options here.
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