Should You Start Drinking Tea for Better Oral Health?
Posted on 5/10/2018 by Dr. Pickens
If you want to protect your teeth against the staining effects of coffee but don't want to give up your caffeine boost, there may be a solution to your problem - green tea.
Switching your morning beverage to green tea may improve your oral health and offer a wealth of excellent benefits.
Coffee drinkers know that their morning cup will likely leave them with stale, unpleasant breath. Green tea has the opposite effect. In fact, a study at the University of British Columbia actually found that when it comes to helping with bad breath, green tea was more effective than chewing gum and mints.
Improved Gum Health
A Japanese survey recently found that green tea could lead to healthier gums. The anti-inflammatory property of the tea is thought to control periodontal disease. Plus, drinking tea isn't your only option - another German study found similar results among participants who chewed green-tea extract candies.
One of the best benefits of green tea is that it helps to control bacteria levels in your mouth. This is essential when it comes to cavity prevention. Plus, since green tea is less acidic than many other beverages, it will lower plaque and saliva acidity, which can also prevent against cavities.
Reduced Risk of Oral Cancer
Some researchers have found a significantly lower oral cancer risk among individuals who drank green tea compared to people who drank other beverages. The antioxidants found in green tea are believed to protect against the growth of cancerous tumors and other cellular damage.
Green tea is just one of many ways to improve your oral health. There are a variety of lifestyle changes that you can make to get healthier teeth. Contact us today for an evaluation and to discuss what simple changes could make a dramatic impact on your mouth.