Good news for avid coffee fans. A new study was just released by Janet Hildebrand and colleagues from the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, GA. The study proposes that people who drink more than 4 cups of coffee a day have half the risk of dying from mouth and throat cancer compared to those who drink less coffee or none at all. The group stresses that further studies are needed before anyone is going to recommend that you drink four cups a day. In the meantime, it is nice to have something good to say about your coffee habit right?
Oral cancer is rarely detected in the early stages because the symptoms usually don’t present themselves until the cancer has advanced, and the symptoms are hard to discern from other mouth pain. Typically oral cancer will cause a sore in the mouth that doesn’t heal, or mouth pain that can be mistaken for a toothache. Those at the biggest risk for oral cancer are smokers and oral tobacco users.
The study was conducted over the course of 26 years studying the coffee drinking habits and subsequent health issues of nearly 1 million participants. Coffee users with a 4 cup a day habit fared the best out of all of the participants. Decaffeinated coffee and tea did not appear to provide the same benefits.
The American Cancer Society has plans to run another study across a large, diverse group of coffee drinkers. There has been a lot of news lately that suggests that the benefits of drinking coffee do outweigh any harm from coffee consumption. However, there are some people who can not and should not drink four cups a day due to sensitivity to caffeine.
Also keep in mind that coffee has other negative effects as well. Coffee is one of the biggest contributors to stained and dingy teeth. If you can’t resist your cravings for coffee, call your Newnan dentist to spruce up and whiten your smile. In the meantime, enjoy your guilty pleasure without all of the guilt.