You have probably been unfortunate enough to have a cavity or two before. Proper oral hygiene and being careful about the foods that you eat can help to prevent them from happening in the future. But did you know that there are a few common beverages that may be able to protect you against tooth decay? Coffee and green tea have both been shown to protect your teeth against cavities. Continue reading in order to learn more about why this is the case as well as other benefits of the beverages.
How Do Coffee and Green Tea Protect Against Cavities?
In recent studies, evidence has suggested that black coffee is active against an organism called “Streptococcus Mutans” which is responsible for causing tooth decay that leads to cavities. Roasted coffee also contains antiadhesive properties that prevent this organism and other harmful materials from adhering to the teeth.
For green tea, it controls bacteria and lowers the acidity in the mouth. It contains powerful compounds known as polyphenols which have been shown to reduce the harmful bacteria that are responsible for causing tooth decay. Loose leaf green tea also contains small amounts of a natural mineral called “fluoride.” This is known for its tooth strengthening properties.
It is worthwhile to remember that both of these beverages contain tannins which are well-known for staining teeth. In order to avoid surface discoloration, try drinking them through a straw. Sip them quickly instead of throughout the day.
How Else Are these Beverages Beneficial?
In addition to protecting your smile against tooth decay, these beverages have other great benefits. Here are just a handful of them:
- Improved Gum Health: Coffee and tea have anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent gum disease, bone deterioration, and other inflammation in the mouth. The antioxidants found in green tea, known as catechins, inhibit the growth of bacteria that causes gingivitis and breaks down gum tissue. Studies have shown that people who drink green tea regularly tend to have healthier gums than those who don’t.
- Less Tooth Loss: Ultimately, by reducing periodontal disease and tooth decay, you have a lower probability of losing your teeth.
- Reducing Bad Breath: Green tea has been associated with better smelling breath. In fact, it has shown to outperform both mints and gum when it comes to reducing halitosis.
When you wake up in the morning, you are doing a lot of good for your smile by having a hot cup of tea or coffee. Your oral health will thank you!
About the Author
Dr. Allan J. Milewski is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for more than three decades. He earned his dental doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and is committed to continuing education in order to keep his knowledge and skills sharp. Currently, he is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association, and Academy of General Dentistry. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Medina, visit his website or call (330) 725-2242.