Green tea has been promoted as a healthy drink which is probably no surprise to some. It has been used for health benefits for thousands of years in China and Japan to support healing.
What is it that gives green tea benefits on your teeth and gums?
1. Contains polyphenols and catechin which are antioxidants that shield human cells from damage and reduce inflammation. This is an important factor when considering periodontal disease and for your body in general.
2. Superior periodontal health: A study published in the Journal of Periodontology noted that 940 men who had some form of periodontal disease were analyzed and those who had regularly drank green tea (1 cup/day) had superior periodontal health compared to those that did not drink green tea regularly.
3. Fights bacteria: Pace University in New York researched green tea extracts and bacteria similar to those found in your mouth that cause strep throat and tooth decay by mixing them and established that the extracts inhibited bacteria growth which they found was due to the polyphenols in the leaves of the tea.
Due to the antioxidants in the tea, research at Pace has shown that it not only fights mouth problems but that it can battle infection and possibly fight some forms of cancer. It sounds like a no-brainer if one should partake in consuming green tea or black tea, right? Right.
4. Lessens bad breath: They also researched black tea by mixing extracts from the tea with bacteria that causes bad breath and it repressed growth of bacteria also. In addition they felt the study suggested that swishing with black tea fights plaque and destroys acids that cause tooth decay.
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*One thing to remember if you start drinking tea, especially black tea is that it is more apt to stain your teeth (even more so than coffee), but don’t let that hinder the benefits of tea. There are options to whiten your teeth…check out our coupon for our in-office whitening at Szmanda Dental Center.
Information compiled from WebMD, the American Academy of Periodontology and staff at Szmanda Dental Center 2014