The saying may have to be changed to “a cup of coffee a day can keep the dentist away.”
Wired Magazine recently published an in-depth look into the ingredients in a cup of coffee and one of the elements had something to do with dental care.
Trigonelline, an alkaloid, is found in the typically caffeinated drink and apparently helps fight “the Cavity Creeps,” states the magazine.
While trigonelline does give coffee its taste, it’s also true that it helps fight off cavities from glomming on to one’s tooth. It technically prevents the bacterium Streptococcus mutans from attaching to the teeth – a process which left untreated will form cavities.
However, it’s also true that excess coffee drinking can stain one’s teeth, a condition some have treated through cosmetic dentistry.
Still, it may be best to stick to traditional dental care with a toothbrush rather than a daily stop at the local coffee shop.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet and visiting your dentist regularly to maintain optimal dental health.