Green tea is widely known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, but new research is suggesting that it benefits the rest of your oral cavity as well. This drink is also rich in antioxidants, which have many health properties. Here are five reasons why green tea may be good for your oral health.
Drinking green tea helps prevent cavities by lowering the bacteria level and acid in the mouth. This helps slow down or reduce the cavity build up in the mouth.
Green tea’s anti-inflammatory powers seem to help control periodontal (gum) disease. Multiple studies show that there is a relation between intake of green tea and periodontal disease. Green tea helps control bacteria in the mouth and reduces bleeding gums.
Less Tooth Loss
Research has shown that drinking one or more than one cup of green tea a day reduce the risk of tooth loss. Because green tea already prevents cavities and gum disease, it explains why tooth loss is prevented.
The antioxidants and other properties of green tea appear to protect against cellular damage and cancerous tumor growth. In one study at the University of Texas, green-tea extract was given to patients with precancerous lesions in their mouths, and it slowed the progression to oral cancer. Animal studies have also found that tea compounds can inhibit cancer growth.
Green tea has been associated with better smelling breath. It kills bacteria, which is a factor into causing bad breath. If you drink green tea daily the level of bacteria causing bad breath will reduce further over time.
As well as adding green tea to your daily routine, never forget to visit your dentist in order to maximize your oral health. Our office offers services that care for you and your oral health. Contact our office today at 203-612-5870.