Coffee may have an unintended benefit, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of Periodontology. Researchers at Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine determined that drinking coffee could lower the risk of periodontal (gum) disease.
The research indicated that coffee did not have a negative impact on periodontal health. The study also showed that drinking coffee regularly had a minimal impact on the number of teeth affected by bone loss.
To compile the data, a group of more of than 1,100 adult males aged 26 to 84 were studied. About 98% of the those who partook in the study were white. Other factors such as alcohol consumption, smoking, body mass index, overall health and oral health were also considered. This study was the first of its kind to explore the possible periodontal impact of drinking coffee.