Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the word second to water. There are three main varieties of tea, black, oolong and green. For years now green tea has been studied and is said to help with many health benefits such as, high cholesterol, cancers (ex. bladder, breast, ovarian, colorectal, stomach, pancreatic, Esophageal), weight loss, diabetes, liver disease and inflammatory Bowel Disease. However were you aware that drinking Green tea could be a simple way to save you money at the dentist? In an article published in Best Health Magazine, Lisa Bendall wrote about new research suggesting that green tea is beneficial to your oral health. Green tea contains compounds that appear to control inflammation and fight bacteria infection as well as antioxidants that have many health properties.
So what does this mean for your Mouth?? Here are five reasons why green tea may be good for your mouth and may reduce costs at your dentist visits.
- Cavity prevention
A study in Egypt tested out the effects green tea had on cavity prevention. In this study the subjects were tested before and after they gave their mouths a five minute rinse with green tea. The test subjects had less bacteria and acid in their mouths as well as reduced gum bleeding.
2. Gum Health
Green Tea’s anti-inflammatory properties have suggested to help control periodontal (gum) disease. These properties were demonstrated in a Japanese survey of almost one thousand men found that regular green tea drinkers had healthier gums than those who didn’t.
- Less tooth loss
Japanese research published in 2010 reported that people who drank at least one cup of green tea a day were more likely to keep their natural teeth. This research is supporting the suggested facts on green teas ability to prevent cavities and improve gum health.
- Cancer control
The antioxidants and other properties of green tea have shown to protect against cellular damage and the growth of cancerous tumors. Studies have shown that the progression of oral cancer was slowed in patients with precancerous lesions in their mouths.
- Better Breath
Most people through out their day would grab a mint or chew some gum to control smelly breath, however did you know that Green tea out performs both those other options! The University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Dentistry measured the level of smelly compounds in peoples mouths after they were given green tea and was shown to be a more effective method that mints, gum and even parsley-seed oil.
Lisa Bendall. (November 2011). Best Health. In 5 ways green tea is good for your oral health. Retrieved September 17,2012, from http://www.besthealthmag.ca/get-healthy/oral-health/5-ways-green-tea-is-good-for-your-oral-health.