Health benefits of coffee and how to prevent stained teeth

By: Emily Lunardo | Health News | Monday, September 12, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Health benefits of coffee and how to prevent stained teethEven though coffee may stain your teeth, its numerous health perks will make up for that one downside. Coffee has been shown to benefit the liver and reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Furthermore, it has been shown to boost metabolism and maintain brain health.

And there is now early evidence that coffee may support strong teeth by preventing bone loss in the jaw.

Professor Nasir Bashirelahi, from the University of Maryland School of Denistry, said, “Coffee in moderation has many nutritional benefits.”

If the idea of stained teeth turns you off, there are a few tricks you can try to minimize the effect. Sipping coffee through a straw has been shown to reduce the amount of coffee that touches your teeth, thus reducing the risk of stains.

You should wait at least 30 minutes after consuming coffee to brush your teeth. The acidity of the coffee softens enamel, which starts hardening back within that time frame.

Even if you have developed stains from coffee, you can schedule an appointment with your dentist to bleach these stains out.

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