Friday, September 29 is Coffee Day. One in three Americans starts his or her day with a cup of coffee and keeps on drinking the brew throughout the day. For a lot of people in the world, coffee is part of a morning ritual. They may even forego eating breakfast as long as they have their cup of joe. The caffeine in coffee gives them a jolt to start each new day with gusto.

Effects of Coffee on Teeth and Gums

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Coffee is both good and bad for your health, just like many things in this world. Coffee intake is considered to be safe when it doesn’t exceed 400 milligrams of caffeine, which is the equivalent of four cups of brewed coffee. The negative effects of coffee may begin to manifest only after a person surpasses this level of caffeine.

Too much caffeine consumption could raise blood pressure and increase the risk of heart attacks among young adults. Caffeine could also cause insomnia and incontinence for some people. The dark color of coffee could stain your teeth, causing them take on a yellowish hue.

The good news is that coffee offers some health benefits. Coffee can lower a person’s blood sugar. It can be helpful for diabetics looking to better manage their glucose levels. For non-diabetics, it can help ward off the onset of the disease.

Coffee may also be good for dental health. There are varieties of coffee with high caffeine content, such as Robusta. Caffeine is believed by some experts to ward off periodontal diseases that cause inflammation of the gums. Coffee also contains a lot of antioxidants that mute the body’s inflammatory processes that often bring harm to the gums and jawbone.

A study conducted at a Brazilian university found that coffee with high caffeine content can help deter plaque. The polyphenols in coffee may destroy the bacteria on the teeth, which is the main cause of gingivitis and periodontitis.

It’s up to individuals to balance the pros and cons of coffee drinking. Where dental health is concerned, there’s no denying that your diet can have a strong influence. Make sure that you are eating and drinking things that will support your teeth and gums and ward off the need for replacing teeth.

If your dental problems do progress to the point that your oral health is in danger, see a specialist. If you live in Davis County, talk to a periodontist in Bountiful. They may recommend replacing teeth with Bountiful specialists if your situation is dire.