Dental care is a necessity for well being. Unfortunately too many individuals skip the process. The reasons are varied and range from being short on time, to dental anxiety to a lack of money. Regardless of what the excuses are, lackluster oral hygiene can contribute to dental problems. For those who are cash-strapped, the kitchen cupboard may prove to be an excellent resource for cleaning teeth and reducing the odds of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
Prior to the advent of such dental care essentials such as toothpaste, toothbrushes and dental floss humans relied on a number of devices to reduce levels of dental plaque and remove stray food particles after eating. Primitive man relied on tools like twigs, animal quills, buffer cloths and ashes to conduct the task and while those methods maybe antiquated, there are still plenty of natural options that are still of use today. The majority of products are inexpensive and may already be kitchen cabinets across the nation.
Sipping a cup of Joe is a favorite American pastime. The beverage is a daily must have for 50 percent of Americans and the levels of caffeine, a legal stimulant integral to the product is the reason why. Americans consume 45 million pounds of caffeine annually and 71 percent of those levels are attributed to coffee. Those who opt to drink it black (sans sweeteners or dairy) can help lower levels of dental plaque and neutralize harmful acids that cause dental cavities.
The findings, published by Wired Magazine, suggest those benefits as coming from trigonelline, coffee's main ingredient and the compound that gives the beverage its distinct flavor. Trigonelline is an alkaloid that can combat the tooth-eroding effects of acid by preventing the bacterium Streptococcus mutans from attaching to the teeth.
In addition to that perk, coffee is also rich in antioxidants. Coffee contains 1,299 milligrams of the good stuff which has been clinically proven to reduce levels of a myriad of conditions including Alzheimer disease, oral cancer, reduce levels of diabetes, Parkinson disease, lowers the odds of patients dying from heart disease, liver problems and more (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_effects_of_coffee).
In order to get the dental care benefits of coffee, individuals need to drink the elixir black and to make sure not to consume to much, as an excess amount of caffeine can raise cholesterol levels as well as make individuals feel jumpy. Plus, consuming too much of the drink can cause tooth staining, so moderation is key.