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Black coffee may keep your teeth from rotting

Can Black Coffee Keep Your Teeth From Rotting?

Mmmm coffee. That wonderful, caffeinated brew that wakes you up in the morning? Well, here's another reason to drink it ... it may keep your teeth from rotting, Fox News says.

"Strong coffee -- good for your teeth? New research says black coffee, in moderation, can actually stop tooth decay thanks to an antibacterial property in the coffee bean."

The Independent tells us to forget what our doctors have told us in the past -- although, it's only a certain bean with an antibacterial property that researchers have pinpointed.

"Researchers, using the milk teeth of children, found that an extract from a particular type of coffee bean can break down plaque," the Independent reports.

We can thank scientists at Rio de Janeiro's Federal University for the research. They examined a variety of coffee found in Vietnam and Brazil, and say it's likely chemicals within the beans that caused it to help destroy plaque.

Daily Mail points out that, again, the coffee must be in moderation. Ten cups is probably not so good for you or your teeth: "[One] researcher said: 'Whilst this is an exciting result, we have to be careful to add that there are problems associated with excessive coffee consumption, including staining and the effects of acidity on tooth enamel."

Let's be real: adding a ton of sugar and creamer will likely negate the positive effects.

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frank1946 June 12 2014 at 8:55 AM

The Bugs are everywhere AND they want to consume you !

You already know them.

The IRS, VA, EPA, State Dept., Whitehouse, Congress and Organized Religion.

Be Careful out there ! Coffee is no defense.

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alfredschrader June 12 2014 at 6:50 AM

This is interesting but here is an update. Cavities are caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus Mutans that attaches to your teeth. It eats what you eat including coffee.
The "coccus" part of the name means the bacteria looks like a long chain of spheres under the microscope like pearls but trust me S. Mutans is no gem. Researchers have found 10,000 year old skulls with cavities. This bug has plagued us for a long time.
Some foods retard it like green tea for example which contains fluoride, but fuoride only strengthens tooth enamel it doesn't kill S. Mutans which even eats the fake sorbitol sweetener that's in your mouthwash (read the label).
To kill the S. Mutans you need an antiseptic bacteria killer like original Listerine.
I'm also working on some new antiseptics and I've been discussing this with the CDC since S. Mutans is contagious (you caught your cavities).

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alfredschrader alfredschrader June 12 2014 at 7:09 AM

And another important point. How can you tell if you have bacteria invading your mouth ?
Dip your toothbrush into a small cup of peroxide. If it foams like a soft drink, your mouth is loaded with bacteria. A note- don't ever ingest peroxide. Rinse with Literine or similar instead to kill the bacteria.

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alaskatv1 alfredschrader June 12 2014 at 11:40 AM

Didn't anyone have a mom that taught them hygiene???

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noughtman June 12 2014 at 8:15 AM

Every week we get an article stating the benefits of coffee, and then another article stating the health risks. There is no absolute answer, as effects depend upon the individual person, his health, the amount consumed, and the malady it is supposed to improve or worsen. Stop boring us with these ridiculous tunnel-vision studies.

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4real noughtman June 12 2014 at 10:45 AM

Thank you. It is those same old men trying to sell more coffee by any means necessary.. 10 years you will be calingl 1-800 MYBAD. By then these old dogs will be dead. NO COFFEE.

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wickedwolfpress June 12 2014 at 12:59 PM

Coffee is now good for your health, aren't you glad you didn't listen to those experts before when they were saying how bad it was for you? Find out more:

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alaskatv1 June 12 2014 at 11:39 AM

Oh my goodness....................what next?

Brush, floss and get your teeth cleaned regularly. Duh!!!!!

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Tucker Max June 12 2014 at 10:46 AM

This story loses all credibiity since it is sourced to Fox "News" which spends all it's time making up political "news"

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sdf dsf June 12 2014 at 8:15 AM

What is the name of the bean?! I don't need to know where it comes from. Am I going to go to Brazil or Vietnam and go around asking, "Hey, which one of these coffee beans keeps your teeth from rotting?" Journalists are so stupid these days.

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jvt1984 June 12 2014 at 10:38 AM

Oh, good grief. Next week they will say something opposite. So they say it will prevent tooth decay, but if it stains, people will use more tooth whitener or stronger whitening toothpaste and still break down the enamel on the teeth. Just eat and drink what you want, forget all these "studies" and enjoy your life.

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John June 12 2014 at 6:28 PM

Today coffee good for you. Yesterday coffee bad for you. Tommorrow who knows? Who pays for these stupid studies? That's what I want to know.

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onionson June 12 2014 at 4:45 PM

Science has often proved once crazy sounding things in the Bible but has never disproved anything in the Bible to a 100% threshold. I love it when the known science of the day has to change its position. Science says : Coffee good, coffee bad, coffee good, butter good, butter bad, butter good, chocolate bad, chocolate good. The list of things like this is a long one.

Science said there were only 6000 stars when the Bible said they are as countless as grains of sand on the beach. Science said all things were made of fire, water, air, and dirt while the Bible said all things are made of things not seen. The Bible says the Olive tree was a special gift from God and science said it was good, then better, then better than we thought, then maybe the best single plant on earth! The list of things like this is a long one.

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