Drink Green Tea For Your Oral Health!
Green tea is a treat for more than your taste buds.
You know, you’ve seen the research. Green tea is a natural diuretic; it controls inflammation, and even contains properties to fight bacterial infection. You know, it’s super rich in antioxidants, and that it has a ton of great and natural health benefits, but did you know…
Green tea is good for your oral health!
So next time you’re in the mood for a glass of something tasty and refreshing, choose green tea over black tea and reap the benefits, because
Green tea can prevent cavities.
Research has indicted that green tea may be a useful tool in preventing cavities. Green tea contains properties that effectively control bacteria and lower the acidity of saliva in the mouth, thus reducing the presence of dental plaque and decreasing the risk of tooth decay. In fact, one recent study found patients who rinsed with green tea had less bacteria and acid in the mouths, and less gum bleeding too.
The consumption of green tea leads to better gum health.
Green tea has anti-inflammatory powers that have been shown to help control periodontal disease. Parallel studies in Japan and Germany found those who drank green tea, and chewed candy containing green-tea extract (respectively) had healthier gums than those who didn’t.
Green tea can control the spread of cancer.
The antioxidants and other properties of green tea appear to protect against cellular damage and cancerous tumor growth. In one study at the University of Texas, green-tea extract was given to patients with precancerous lesions in their mouths, and it slowed the progression to oral cancer. Animal studies have also found that tea compounds can inhibit cancer growth.
Green tea will make your breath smell better.
Actually, it’s been proven far more effective than mints and chewing gum too in the fight against bad breath. Green tea has the power to kill the microbes that cause that unfortunate stink.
And it’s tasty too.
Not a tea drinker?
That’s okay; you might consider trying oral care products that contain green tea, including toothpaste or mouthwash (available at your local natural health store). You can even chew gum or opt for sugar-free hard candies made with green tea — all in the name of improving your oral health.