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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

Sep
24

What Are Periodontal Pockets and Can You Keep Your Phone In One?

We’ll start off by making it clear that, no, you can’t keep anything in your periodontal pockets. In fact, the smaller they are the better. You may not notice it, but your gums are not completely attached to your teeth at the gum line. At first there’s actually a small gap between the tooth and […]

Sep
11

3 Signs Your Enamel May Be Eroding

As you may already know, enamel is the hard substance that makes up the surface of the tooth. This surface can erode if someone has an acidic mouth, grinds their teeth, or brushes too hard. But how would you even know if your teeth are eroding? Luckily there are several signs that can indicate that […]

Sep
3

What causes a gummy smile?

While a gummy smile can just be a result of having too much gums, there are a few other issues that could be going on that make a person’s smile appear gummy, such as: Improperly erupted teeth – If someone’s teeth erupt improperly, they could end up with only part of their teeth showing while […]

Aug
27

Can Dental Implants Get Diseased?

If you think that dental implants and crowns can’t get diseased, then you’d be right. Titanium implants and ceramic crowns can’t develop infections like in the same manner as regular teeth, but the bone and gums around them sure can. These diseases occur when bacteria latch onto the dental implant or base of the crown […]

Aug
19

5 Badass Dentists in History

There are some historical badasses, some of which you may have even heard of, that also happened to be dentists. We’ll start with the most famous and work our way down. Paul Revere – This Patriot that played some key roles in the American Revolution was also a dentist for a short period of time. […]

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