Black coffee may not be as bad as you think. New research shows that a certain type of coffee bean used in 30 percent of the world’s coffee disables the bacteria that causes plaque. Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris follow the latest scientific trends in dentistry. They utilize cutting-edge technology to provide stellar dental care in their calming Mansfield office. They would like to share the study’s findings regarding the possible use of black coffee in fighting cavities.

Details of the Study

Scientists in Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University produced bacterial biofilms that cause dental plaque. They then collected extracted baby teeth that they exposed to an extract from Coffea canephora, a bean that is used to create a third of the globe’s coffee. They discovered that the coffee crippled the plaque-producing biofilms. Plaque can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, so this discovery means that coffee may be beneficial in fighting cavities as well as gum disease. The researchers were hoping to identify natural products such as food and drink that can enhance oral health.

All Things In Moderation

The researchers warned that if sugar or cream is added to the coffee, coffee can stain teeth or erode the hard white coating of the teeth, the enamel. Also, coffee must be drunk black and in moderation in order to positively affect dental health. The scientists speculate that the polyphenol antioxidants in the coffee are the ingredients that actually break down bacteria, but additional research must be conducted to prove this link. The researchers hope that one day the ingredients responsible for the positive effect might be used to create toothpastes or a mouthwash. Overall, the best way to fight tooth decay and gum disease is to attend regular dental check ups and cleanings every six months and to brush twice a day and floss once daily.

About Our Mansfield Dentists

Mansfield Dental Associates offer a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental services including porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, teeth grinding treatment, and dental implants. To schedule a consultation, call (817) 473-6227. Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris welcome and serve patients from Mansfield, South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian and neighboring areas.