Did you know that over 54% of Americans drink coffee on a regular basis? Most people can’t start their day without that first cup of java, and on average, an American spends over $1,000 a year on the brew. How does all that coffee consumption affect our health? In today’s blog, your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, discusses the surprising benefits, and serious drawbacks, of coffee.
Health Benefits of Coffee
Many people are shocked to learn that coffee aids in the fight against certain oral cancers. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology followed 968,432 people over a period of 26 years. The result? People who consumed four or more cups of coffee a day decreased the risk of developing oral cancer by 49%. Janet Hildbrand, an author of the study, said: “Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, and contains a variety of antioxidants, polyphenols, and other biologically active compounds that may help to protect against development or progression of cancers.”
Negative Affects on Your Dental Health
Coffee does have a major drawback: teeth stains. The dark pigment in coffee can lead to unsightly, permanent stains. Often, over-the-counter teeth whitening systems do little to brighten teeth after years of coffee consumption. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, cosmetic dentist Dr. Fondriest offers a convenient, at-home teeth whitening procedure. Patients receive a custom-made tray and special bleaching gel. By following Dr. Fondriest’s instructions, patients can see dramatic results, sometimes in a single night.
Another method for keeping your smile bright is with preventive care. Try cutting down on the amount of coffee you drink to decrease the severity of staining. Always maintain consistent, good dental habits, such as brushing and flossing. These simple steps can help prevent staining and protecting your dental health.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Lake Forest Dentist
Do you have permanent teeth stains you would like erased? Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fondriest and discuss our many cosmetic dental procedures. Contact our dentist office at (847) 234-0517.