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Your morning cup of coffee does much more than give you a fresh kick start.

Cold winter mornings and you just need that one cup of hot coffee to set you straight. As they rightly say, "It all starts with a Nescafe." Caffeine, the main ingredient, boosts your energy levels and curbs depression. That’s not it.

Coffee has a great effect on our oral hygiene as well. Polyphenols present in the coffee and cocoa have anti cariogenic effects againt Streptococcus mutans and S. sanguinis. It also greatly decreases biofilm formation. You must be wondering what is anticariogenecity and biofilm formation? Explaining it in layman terms, when we consume foods that take a while to digest and stay on our teeth, they help forming a film on our teeth. This invisible film, called as the 'biofilm' or 'plaque' hosts a plethora of bacteria which further work on the teeth and lead to caries, more commonly known as, 'cavities'.

Coffee not only has a lesser risk for periodontal disease, i.e. gum diseases but it also shows protection against alveolar bone loss and even cancer. It has also been proved that drinking coffee significantly reduces oral malodor. It also has various antioxidants and anti inflammatory factors, thus resulting in the prevention of oral cancer.

Further research on this topic suggests that there has been a strong link between the consumption of coffee and periodontal disease. Case studies have been carried out and the results of which show that the reactive oxygen species involved in the pathology of periodontitis had decreased in those drinking more coffee as compared to others.

Not just periodontitis, but coffee also has a great effect against diabetes, cardiac diseases, liver diseases and gastrointestinal diseases.

Hence, it all boils down to that unsweetened and non-fat coffee is beneficial for our oral hygiene. So the next time you’re sipping on your favourite drink or splurge on Starbucks, don’t feel guilty, you’re just helping your teeth.However, everything is good only till a limit. Coffee also leads to staining our teeth so one must consume it in a limit.

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