Green Tea's Dental Health Benefits

Green Tea’s Dental Health Benefits

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Green Tea's Dental Health Benefits
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The host of health benefits associated with drinking green tea, make most coffee drinkers think twice about their beverage and energy booster of choice. Full of cancer-fighting flavonoids, and metabolism-boosting elements, green tea can help your health in diverse ways. One health benefit of green tea that was not known until recently, is the positive effect drinking green tea has on your health. Recent studies have suggested that daily ingestion of green tea can have a positive effect on your dental health. So put down your coffee, and pick up some green tea. Green tea is a healthy way to start your day.

In a study that was originally published in the Journal of Periodontology, Dr. Yoshihiro Shimazaki from Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, found that green tea possessed some dental health benefits.  Dr. Yoshihiro Shimazaki explained the reasons behind conducting this study.

“It has been long speculated that green tea possesses a host of health benefits,” he said. “And since many of us enjoy green tea on a regular basis, my colleagues and I were eager to investigate the impact of green tea consumption on periodontal health, especially considering the escalating emphasis on the connection between periodontal health and overall health.”

Their hunch about green tea was right. The study found that for every one cup of green tea ingested each day, the three main symptoms of periodontal disease were significantly reduced. It appears that those who consumed green tea daily, saw many dental health benefits.

In another study, Green tea: a promising natural product in oral health, more of the positive oral attributes of green tea are examined. The study explains it’s findings in the abstract.

“Green tea protects against bacterial induced dental caries. Tea polyphenols possess antiviral properties, believed to help in protection from influenza virus. Additionally, green tea polyphenols can abolish halitosis through modification of odorant sulphur components.” The study reads. “ Oral cavity oxidative stress and inflammation, consequent to cigarette smoking and cigarettes’ deleterious compounds nicotine and acrolein, may be reduced in the presence of green tea polyphenols. Generally, green tea defends healthy cells from malignant transformation and locally has the ability to induce apoptosis in oral cancer cells.”

More research is needed before we can consider green tea an oral health product on the same level as fluoride. The research conducted thus far, has indicated that green tea may be a very powerful tool for dental health. Swapping out your morning coffee for green tea in the morning, just became a good idea for yet another reason.

Emily Manke is a nutrition, health and lifestyle blogger out of Portland, Oregon. She writes for a number of publications, including the blog for this dentist in Milwaukee, Oregon.