Posted on Dec 22, 2015, 6 a.m.
Consuming coffee may reduce the number of teeth lost in periodontal disease, among men.
Coffee is a major dietary source of antioxidants as well as of other anti-inflammatory factors. Nathan Ng, from Boston University (Massachusetts, USA), and colleagues analyzed data collected on 1,152 men, ages 26 to 84 years at the study’s start, enrolled in the US Department of Veterans Affairs Dental Longitudinal Study. Observing that: “It was found that higher coffee consumption was associated with a small but significant reduction in number of teeth with periodontal bone loss,” the study authors note that: “No evidence was found that coffee consumption was harmful to periodontal health.”
Ng N, Kaye EK, Garcia RI. “Coffee consumption and periodontal disease in males.” J Periodontol. 2014 Aug;85(8):1042-9.