If you’re a coffee drinker, you may start every morning in slight distress. You cherish the refreshing, awakening power of freshly roasted coffee, but you worry about all of the reports that state coffee can be detrimental to your health. At early hours of the morning, many people disregard the possible dangers to enjoy their first cup of steaming java. Now, every coffee drinker may be able to do the same. Your Dallas dentist Dr. Truong explores research that suggests previous assumptions about coffee and your health may be wrong.

Dispelling the Myth

At one point, the only time coffee and heart health were mentioned together was as a warning against risks. Coffee was believed to cause ulcers, aggravate nerves, and increase your risk of heart disease. Research now, however, may put these myths to rest. In a long-term observational study that followed over 130,000 men and women, researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, discovered that drinking coffee did not relate to increased heart health risks. In fact, drinking one to three cups of coffee a day seemed to lower the risks of heart disease and failure. As for coffee’s previous bad rap, experts believe old studies did not account for other bad habits that were common among coffee drinkers, including smoking tobacco and inadequate physical activity.

Still Stains Teeth

While coffee may be good for your teeth, unfortunately it can still dramatically stain your teeth if you’re not careful. Drinking through a straw can help minimize contact with your teeth to reduce coffee’s staining properties. If your teeth are stained from coffee or any other reason, ask Dr. Truong about our professional-strength tooth-whitening options. To find out more about nutrition and your dental health, or to learn about options for brightening your smile, call Viva Dental in Dallas today at (214) 337-7800. If you live in Richardson, subscribe to this blog to learn when our Richardson office opens!