According to a new study, a certain type of coffee bean (Coffea canephora) has an ingredient that breaks down bacterial plaque, which may help protect you against tooth decay and gum disease between trips to the dentist.
But we’re not sure how much of an impact this may have on the oral health of coffee drinkers.
A Certain Special Bean Breaks Down Plaque
Researchers from Rio de Janeiro wanted to analyze the effect of coffee bean extract on plaque growing on teeth. They used baby teeth that had been contaminated with bacteria using saliva samples. They then treated the teeth in four different ways. One had the coffee extract. Another was treated with distilled water. The third group was treated with an antibiotic, while the fourth group had nothing done to it.
At four and seven days, they tested the hardness of the enamel on the teeth as well as the calcium content in the water. They found that bacteria levels decreased in both the coffee extract and the antibacterial treatment groups. Although the antibacterial agent was stronger, the coffee extract produced significant benefits.
Researchers noted that this is a great discovery because people typically drink coffee at much stronger concentrations than many of the medicinal infusions that are recommended, meaning that it might be more effective as an everyday prevention technique.They also proposed the extract could be used to create natural mouthwashes, toothpastes, and other treatments.
Another Cup of Joe?
Does this mean that you should order another cup of coffee? That depends. There are still many potential negatives of coffee drinking when it comes to your teeth.
First, of course, there is the problem of staining. On the plus side, though, teeth whitening is very effective against coffee stains.
Next, coffee can be fairly acidic. This means it can etch your teeth and cause erosion of your dental enamel, so you don’t want to drink too much coffee.
And if you drink your coffee with cream and sugar, it’s likely that you are probably doing more harm than good, because the food will allow bacteria to reproduce and overpower the preventive power of coffee.
Still, it’s good news for coffee drinkers who no longer have to worry about the impact of coffee on your teeth.
But if you are looking for a dentist in San Diego to help augment the preventive power of coffee, please call 619-299-5925 for an appointment at Strober Dental today.