Do Coffee Drinkers Have a Dental Health Advantage?

Coffee MugGo to any of the many coffeehouses in the average American strip mall, and you’ll see a deluge of java consumption. About half of the adults in the United State enjoy at least one cup of coffee every morning. Among those people, many choose to drink coffee throughout the day. For all-day-long coffee drinkers that enjoy as many as four or more cups of coffee each day, there may be a positive side effect to all of that caffeine consumption. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, explains a newly published study that connects excessive coffee drinking to a lower risk of oral/pharyngeal cancer.

More About Oral/Pharyngeal Cancer

Also known as mouth and throat cancer, oral/pharyngeal cancer, usually shows few symptoms in the early, more curable stages, making it harder to diagnose. When cancer becomes more advanced, symptoms are considerably more obvious. Any bumps or pain in your mouth that don’t go away after two weeks should inspire you to see the dentist. 

Coffee and Cancer?

The study from the American Cancer Society (ACS) in Atlanta, Georgia was recently published by author Janet Hildebrand. A variety of lifestyle and health information was compiled from 968,432 men and women. Hildebrand and her team of researchers examined prior studies that focused on coffee drinking in relation to mouth and throat cancer, and there was, in fact, a lower risk according to the data. In fact, research participants that copped to a four-cup-a-day java habit had an amazing 49% lower risk of dying from oral/pharyngeal cancer. Scientists are not sure if the high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols in caffeine are the real reason coffee might relate to cancer fighting, or if the drink itself contains cancer reducing properties that have yet to be determined. More research is warranted.

Schedule a Dental Checkup in Farmington Hills

If you have any suspicious sores in your mouth, you can get an oral cancer screening at the same time as your regular dental checkup. To schedule a consultation at Comfort Dental Spa contact our Farmington Hills dentist office at (248) 474-6434. We are happy to serve patients in Farmington Hills, MI, the 48335 zip code, and surrounding neighborhoods.