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Can a Cup of Green Tea a Day Keep the Dentist Away?

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Oral Health

Recent research presents a convincing case, as green tea specifically – not just hot beverages in general – is tied to a decrease in tooth loss. While warm drinks can rinse your mouth of food particles and residues, the catechins present in green tea have specific antibacterial effects. These molecules decrease the acidity of plaque and saliva, which in turn mitigates the onset of gum disease and tooth decay.

This method of oral health care is attractive not only to those pursuing natural remedies but also to health practicioners in lower-income societies. Where expensive therapies may be out of reach, a simple switch to green tea after a meal can lower the risk of periodontal disease. If your culture doesn’t accommodate a relaxed cup of tea, a quick rinse will also yield benefits.

Good for your body and good for your teeth, small changes we can make in our habits like drinking green tea can contribute to boosting periodontal health. Remember to take your tea without sugar though to ensure the greatest antimicrobial effect and to protect your tooth enamel. Bon appetite!

http://www.researchgate.net/publication/50225145_A_pilot_study_of_the_role_of_green_tea_use_on_oral_health

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A new mouthwash, designed by the Biomedical Development Corporation (BDC), seems to have a very impressive an unexpected side-benefit: lowering your cholesterol! In the April of 2013, BDC presented the data gathered from their clinical testing of their new mouthwash to the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Their new, iodine-based mouth rinse was clearly effective […]

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When is a Second Root Canal Needed?

All surgeries have a risk of complications, and root canal treatment is no different. There are many different reasons why your root canal may need retreatment or an additional surgery. Although it is not common for root canals to fail, here is why they sometimes do and why retreatment is your best option. Bacteria Endodontists […]

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Could Fillings Become a Thing of the Past?

Could fillings be a thing of the past? Scientists in London have developed a pain-free filling that doesn’t require drilling or injections. Normally, a dentist would remove the decay by drilling and then the cavity is filled with a material such as amalgam or composite resin. The new treatment technique, developed by King’s College London, […]

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Natural Ways to Fight Tooth Decay

You may not have realized it, but one of the chemicals in your oral care product comes from nature, and is vital in helping prevent decay. The plant-based chemical, Trans-Chalcone protects against harmful mouth bacteria and prevents the build-up of plaque. It is found in Liquorice root and blocks the key enzyme that lets bacteria […]

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