Five benefits of drinking green tea

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New research suggests that swapping ordinary tea and coffee for green tea could benefit your oral health

Green tea contains compounds that appear to control inflammation and fight bacterial infection. This drink is also rich in antioxidants, which have many health properties.

What does that mean for your mouth? Here are five benefits of drinking green tea:

Prevents cavities

Green tea has been known to control bacteria in the mouth and lowers the acidity of saliva and dental plaque, which is perfect when preventing cavities. A study in Egypt tested people before and after they gave their mouths a five-minute rinse with green tea. The tests show that they had less bacteria and acid in their mouths, as well as reduced gum bleeding.

Improves your gum health

Green tea is known for helping to control periodontal (gum) disease due to its anti-inflammatory powers.  A Japanese survey found that almost 1,000 men who drank green tea regularly had healthier gums than those who didn’t.

 Lower chance of gum disease

Chewing candy that contains the green tea extract has been proven to help control plaque build-up on the teeth and reduce gum swelling. Research also suggests that drinking green tea is linked with a reduced risk of gum disease –  a Japanese researcher published a report in 2010 that stated that men and women who drink one or more cups of green tea a day were more likely to hold on to their natural teeth.

Prevents the risk of cancer

The antioxidants and other properties of green tea appear to protect against cellular damage and cancerous tumour growth. An article on NUTRA ingrediants.com suggests that sipping tea regularly could slash your risk of certain digestive system cancers by up to 29%.

Helps to achieve fresher breath

There’s nothing worse than meeting someone and realising that your breath smells like your lunch, stale coffee or worse.

Studies suggest that drinking unsweetened black or green tea may help ward off bad breath because it kills the microbes that make our mouths smell. Both types of tea contain antioxidants called polyphenols that can help destroy the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath, although green tea contains more because it is processed in a different way.

If you need any advice on diets or food and drinks that can help benefit your oral health call the practice on 029 2000 3533. What are your experiences of drinking green tea? Share these with other patients on our Facebook page.

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