Sunday, December 14, 2008

Stain or abstain: The coffee question

Here's a riff on a menopause moment of a different sort.

I've always been an early riser. Time it was that I'd rise and shine, as in hit the pavement for a walk, or throw on clothes and get to work early to catch up on charts. Now I rise and read, savoring hot, fresh coffee and the morning paper or a book before anyone else is up.

The operative words in my current, slower, menopausal mornings are 'savor' paired with 'hot, fresh coffee' and 'a book'. Coffee has been exonerated of any connection to pancreatic cancer or breast cancer. Its consumption is linked to decreased risk of diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and cirrhosis of the liver. I actually don't entirely trust people who don't like coffee, and I am appalled by the number of my patients who declare with a certain virtuous smugness that they've given up coffee only to substitute diet pop.

But I am deeply dismayed by this advice from a New York cosmetic dentist as found in the September issue of Health Magazine:

I avoid stained teeth by drinking my coffee quickly. If you sip it over the course of an hour; it keeps coating and recoating.

Gad, don't want any of that coating and recoating business. Perhaps the good doctor takes hers intravenously?


Wendy said...

I'll take the coating teeth any old time! I'd much rather sip slowly and enjoy my coffee. After all, isn't the whole point of life to enjoy?

kenju said...

Amen to Wendy. Coffee is one of my chief pleasures and if it makes my teeth yellow - who cares? There's always a whitening strip!!

Haralee said...

If you love coffee, the smell, the taste, the savour is all part of it! I agree, whitening strips and a reprimand from your hygenist when getting a cleaning are all worth the sipping.

Mauigirl said...

I like to start the day the same way. And yes, that's what we go to the hygienist for!

At least I gave up the red wine which was an even bigger culprit in the staining department!