For a healthy mouth, drink more coffee
If your taste buds seem to yearn for a cup of coffee each morning, it could be because the caffeinated beverage reduces the risk of cancer invading your mouth. According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, Americans who drink four cups of caffeinated coffee each day cut their risk of developing oral/pharyngeal cancer – also known as mouth and throat cancer – in half compared to people who drink coffee occasionally or not at all.
Oral/pharyngeal cancer is especially dangerous because it is rarely caught in its early stages when it is most treatable. The symptoms themselves do not appear until the more advanced stages of the disease and are often mistaken for a simple toothache.
The findings from this study are mostly observational and researchers caution that more studies are needed to confirm the link between caffeinated coffee and a reduced risk of oral/pharyngeal cancer. But until then, feel free to enjoy your coffee knowing you may be doing your mouth a favor.