Java junkies, rejoice. Yet another study has found yet another reason to enjoy your morning cup of joe. Boston University researchers have determined antioxidants in coffee may fight gum disease.
In research published in the Journal of Periodontology
, health specialists with BU’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine found coffee consumption was associated with a small but statistically significant reduction in number of teeth with periodontal bone loss, Medical Xpress
"We found that coffee consumption did not have an adverse effect on periodontal health, and, instead, may have protective effects against periodontal disease," said lead researcher Nathan Ng.
"This is the first long-term study of its kind that has investigated the association between coffee consumption and periodontal disease in humans."
For the study, researchers examined dental records from 1,152 men in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Dental Longitudinal Study — an examination of the oral health of vets conducted between 1968 and 1998.
Vets were surveyed about their coffee intake and the BU team compared the results with their dental health records to reach their conclusions.
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