Green tea: the secret to better oral health?
Green tea is often referred to as a magical elixir which provides many health benefits, so it’s not surprising that it also provides significant benefits for your teeth and gums.
Here are some of the many oral benefits green tea provides:
Healthier gums: Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, green tea is excellent for reducing inflammation and the progression of gum disease.
Reduces the risk of cavities: Green tea has powerful bacteria killing power and also lowers the level of acidity and dental plaque, thus reducing the risk of developing cavities and maintaining stronger teeth. Bonus – Better breath! By killing bacteria, it also reduces the amount of stinky stuff left behind in your mouth.
Prevents cancer: Being a powerful antioxidant, drinking green tea decreases the risk of cancer, oral cancer comprised.
Keep your teeth longer: With all the bacteria fighting and antioxidizing power, it’s no surprise that by drinking green tea regularly, you maintain healthier oral health and therefore increase your chances of keeping your real teeth for longer.
Don’t like tea?
No problem! There are a variety of products available, such as gum (sugarless!), toothpastes and mouthwash that will provide the same benefits to your teeth as a cup of the green stuff. You can find these products at your local health food store.
Lay off the sugar
If you want to take advantage of the benefits of green tea, you need to consume it in its raw form, without adding sweeteners and sugars that will counteract these benefits and promote the creation of cavities.
Even with all its benefits, green tea is still tea and therefore can stain teeth. Although it will stain significantly less than black tea, the potential for staining is still present. To prevent stains, rinse your mouth with water, floss and / or brush your teeth after drinking with toothpaste containing baking soda.