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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

Aug
20

Fight Halitosis with Tongue Scrapers

Everyone’s been there—whether it’s the person you’re talking to or it’s yourself, having bad breath can make for an awkward situation. Bad breath, also known as Halitosis, occurs when food collects in your mouth around your teeth, gums, and tongue. If not removed, these leftover food particles can result in an unpleasant odor in your […]

Aug
13

How Your Genetics are Affecting Your Teeth

You may have stellar brushing, flossing, and rinsing habits, but it is genetics that plays the leading role in your oral health. About 60% of the risk for tooth decay comes from genetic factors. Tooth decay is the most common chronic worldwide disease and we only have partial control over it. While you should continue […]

Aug
6

Can Therapy Cure Dentist Fear?

For some people, fear of the dentist can be debilitating enough to prevent them from seeking the routine or even emergency care they need. As a result, these people are often have poor oral health, as their lack of treatment snowballs into larger issues. Now there may be a new answer. Used for years to […]

Jul
30

Tips Dental Professionals Live By

At a dental appointment, you’re likely to receive a lot of advice. Brush and floss twice daily, cut down on coffee and soda, don’t smoke cigarettes… and while these are some of the most valuable and important tips, you probably hear them all the time. There are plenty of dental tips that dentists repeat with […]

Jul
23

Top 5 Teething Tips for Parents

The eruption of your baby’s first tooth is an exciting milestone that parents often look forward to. However, it can also be a confusing, stressful time if you aren’t sure what to expect from the teething process. Whether you’re a veteran parent looking to improve your next child’s teething experience, or a new or expecting […]

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