Coffee, ally or enemy of dental health

That coffee stains teeth is one of the most widespread beliefs around this exciting and aromatic beverage. And it is true that we ink our teeth, because as tea and other drinks contain dyes that stain tooth enamel, especially in large doses.

To prevent the coffee from darkening our teeth we can take it with milk, since less concentrated stains less or we can also drink a glass of water after ingesting it, which is similar to a buckle arm. With certain precautions and with a correct oral hygiene, our aesthetics will not be affected. However, in this article we will talk about the many benefits of coffee, and not only for our general health, but especially for our oral health.

The main benefit of coffee, always taken in moderation, is that it is an activator for the caffeine it contains. It is known to give energy, it keeps you alert, it is diuretic, laxative and even many elite athletes take it to keep the adrenaline high in the competition (beware, it is a substance considered dopant). But its other benefits are much less known, coffee is vasodilator and thus prevents diseases such as diabetes or some types of cancer, it also favors blood pressure and thereby prevents coronary heart disease and is even shown to reduce the possibility of contracting neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.

Coffee and dental caries

So far we have seen some of the advantages of coffee consumption in our body for its anti-oxidant components, but what is less known is that coffee also has anti-bacterial components, which among other things, reduces the risk of develop tooth decay. In our article of dental caries we saw that the main cause of the appearance of caries is the bacterium Streptococcus mutants.

Recent studies have confirmed that trigonelina (responsible for the bitter taste of coffee), acts as a powerful anti-adhesive against this bacterium that causes dental caries. This substance, together with chromogenic acid and nicotinic are the anti-bacterial components that reduce the chances of developing caries.

We know that over time and taken in large doses the coffee stains teeth, but taken moderately (up to three cups a day) and carrying out a proper brushing (two or three times daily), not only do we get our teeth are not stained, but also thanks to its anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-bacterial action, achieve excellent benefits for our oral health and our general health.