HOUSTON, TX – It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee.
Contrary to what we’ve always been told about coffee being bad for our teeth, new research from Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University suggests strong, black coffee can actually stop tooth decay.
“I find it very interesting however the caveats are: if you like sugar and cream you may not – you may cancel the effect,” says Dr. Scott Van Zandt, a Houston dentist.
The tests were done on extracted baby teeth using Coffea Canephora, a coffee bean that’s used to make 30% of the world’s coffee. Strong, black coffee without sugar and in moderation, broke down the bacterial biofilms which cause plaque and tooth decay.
“If it does break up the biofilm then that is a positive step toward reducing tooth decay in general,” says Van Zandt.
“I drink Vente Americano. No cream, no sugar, bold, dark coffee,” says Mark Esposito.
You might think Mark would be happy his black coffee could prevent tooth decay, “I don’t care, it’s just another study.”
Trying to find someone happy or excited about this study was like pulling teeth.
“Who cares? They’re going to say something different next week,” says another coffee drinker.
But maybe, just maybe this study is different.
“This is the first study of its kind that has shown a possible reduction in tooth decay and we may find in the future that there are more beneficial effects of coffee,” says Van Zandt.
What if you can’t stand black coffee?
The Houston dentist can sympathize, “Well if you’re like me and you drink your coffee every day, just cut back on the sugar and the cream, that’s probably the best advice.”
Hey, it’s better than a kick in the teeth.