Green tea is already known for its multiple health benefits. It’s brimming with antioxidants, making it one of the magic potions for reducing the risk of certain types of cancer. Catechins, particular antioxidants contained in this plant, can improve brain function, and they also have beneficial effects on neurons, thus lowering the risk of two of the most common neurodegenerative diseases that affect elderly people – Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. But, many people don’t know that this delicious beverage can also do wonders for oral health.
Halitosis, a fancy name for bad breath, is a highly unpleasant problem that plagues an estimated 25% of people globally. It can be a result of poor dental hygiene, but it can also be a symptom of some other health issues. In some cases, this embarrassing condition even leads to social anxiety and withdrawal. Various over-the-counter mouthwashes, dental rinses, gums, or mints usually improve the situation only slightly and temporarily as they don’t treat the root of the problem. The main culprits behind halitosis are volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) produced by bacteria in the mouth. According to a research study, green tea is very efficient in reducing unpleasant odor by eliminating bacteria that produce VSCs.
Green tea reduces the acidity of saliva and accumulation of dental plaque, responsible for cavities. Apart from drinking it, you should also rinse your mouth with green tea for about five minutes, especially after eating candy, as this can highly improve your oral hygiene and boost your oral health. There’s also evidence for this claim, as a recent study reported that people who rinsed their mouth with green tea had fewer bacteria and their gums were healthier.
Anti-inflammatory properties of green tea are highly beneficial for periodontal health. As there’s a long tradition of drinking this healthy beverage in Asia, Japanese researchers have conducted a study in order to find out what effects it has on the gums. The results have shown that people who drink at least one cup of green tea a day, have better oral health based on 3 indicators of periodontal disease: periodontal pocket depth, attachment loss of gum tissue, and bleeding on probing of the gum tissues. Again, catechins play a crucial role in fighting gum disease. If we bear in mind that gum disease is associated with heart disease and diabetes, among other things, it’s clear that having healthy gums is important for overall health.
As we’ve already mentioned, antioxidants in green tea are responsible for cancer prevention. They can even slow down the growth of cancer cells, and stimulate normal cell growth. EGCG, a type of catechin found in green tea, triggers a process which kills oral cancer cells while it leaves normal, healthy cells intact. Regular dental appointments are essential for oral cancer prevention, and I must say that we in Sydney are lucky as we can consult experienced Australian Dental Specialists who are authorities on all kinds of oral diseases, willing to address any concern that their clients might have.
Tooth loss prevention
It’s a no-brainer that something as healthy and beneficial for the health of gums and teeth can also prevent tooth loss. A large-scale study on 25,078 men and women in Japan, has shown that 19% of men and 13% who drank at least one cup of green tea a day were more likely to have over 20 teeth than those who didn’t have this habit. However, it’s important to emphasize that by green tea, we mean brewed unprocessed, unfermented green tea leaves. Bottled, sweetened beverages don’t contain some important components of green tea, while the sugar in them leads to enamel erosion and decay.
Dental hygiene is a must for healthy teeth, but green tea can additionally boost your efforts and prevent some common diseases.