The research team at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine wanted to know: Since coffee contains antioxidants, and antioxidants fight periodontal disease, does coffee help fight periodontal disease?
Daily Cup of Joe
The Journal of Periodontology published the results: “We found that coffee consumption did not have an adverse effect on periodontal health, and, instead, may have protective effects against periodontal disease,” according to lead author Nathan Ng, DMD.
Researchers analyzed data from 1,152 men in the US Department of Veterans Affairs Dental Longitudinal Study (DLS) during triennial dental visits between the years of 1968 and 1998.
The study found a small but statistically significant reduction in the number of teeth with periodontal bone loss in those who consumed coffee. It appears that drinking coffee may have protected against periodontal bone loss in this group.
Dr. Ng and the other researchers want to explore their findings in a more diverse population in the future.
A Positive Find for Those Coffee Drinkers!
For the many people who drink coffee on a daily basis, this is a positive case study—one that will no doubt be explored on a more in-depth level in the very near future!
For a beautiful smile!