There is scientific evidence that confirms that taking several cups of tea a day can be beneficial to your oral health.
Both green and black tea have been found to be effective in fighting bacteria that cause gum disease and bad breath. Here is how tea can boost your oral health.
Health Benefits of Tea
Tea contains flavonoids, which are a group of polyphenols that shield the body from oxidative stress. These flavonoids act as agents that minimize inflammation in the body. Green tea contains a special group of antioxidants known as catechins.
Catechins are amongst the most powerful agents of oxidative stress. For people in the initial stages of gum disease, tea can significantly slow down the progression of the disease thanks to its powerful antioxidants.
Contain Gum Disease
Black tea has been found to be particularly effective in destroying Streptococcus Mutans, an anaerobic bacteria commonly associated with rapid tooth decay. It can also limit the effects of the bacteria Lactobacillus another bacteria that is known to be responsible for tooth cavities. Studies also suggest that green tea can work with toothpaste and mouthwash to facilitate the removal of bacteria on the tongue, gums and teeth.
Bad Breath and Plaque
Tea contains compounds that can inhibit the growth of microorganisms that cause bad breath. Clinical studies show that black tea can limit the growth of bacteria by a third. Black tea can still be effective in limiting the microorganisms that cause gum disease and bad breath even when some amount of sugar is added to it.
It can also neutralize the effects of acids on the teeth and prevent tooth decay and the development of plaque. If you take tea regularly avoid sugar or try to reduce the amount you use. Too much sugar can increase the risk of tooth decay or gum disease. Call us today, if you have any questions related to dental health.