Did You Know That Green Tea Is Good For Your Teeth & Gums?

By Shubhra Prasenjit Dey

Almost all of us are very familiar with the term "Green Tea". It is the new sensation in the health and wellness industry because of its amazing health benefits.

It has become a highly popular health drink that is routinely consumed by many people. It is derived from the dried leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis. Native to China, nowadays, it is produced all over the world because of its popularity.

Green tea is a magical drink with a never-ending list of health benefits. Regular green tea is 99.9% water, it provides 1 calorie per 100 ml serving.

health benefits of green tea

Loaded with polyphenols, antioxidants; it is proven to be highly therapeutic for diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart problems, alzheimer's disease, etc. It has some remarkable contributions towards oral health too.

Green tea contains a high percentage of compounds that can naturally curb inflammation and kill bacteria that cause an infection. Plus, it is so rich in antioxidants that it has no choice but to contribute to your overall oral well-being.

Here is a small list of dental benefits of green tea that will have us flashing a healthy, happy smile. Take a look.

1. Prevents Plaque Formation:

Plaque is a sticky deposit on the teeth, which allows the microbes to proliferate on it that can lead to a tooth decay. Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is highly effective against the bacteria that cause dental plaque..

2. Prevents Cavity:

Every time we eat, a portion of the food gets deposited on to our teeth. This buildup is broken down by bacteria and is the main cause of a cavity formation. Green tea lowers the acidity of saliva and controls the growth of bacteria. Studies have reported that rinsing the mouth for 5 minutes with green tea has shown a drastic reduction in the bacterial growth. So, it can be a great tool to keep any tooth cavity at bay.

3. Prevents Bad Breath:

This is a very common problem for people struggling with dental caries. Bad breath is the result of bacteria that grow at the back of the throat, where a toothbrush certainly cannot reach. Polyphenols found in green tea inhibit the growth of bacteria by 30% and reduce the production of compounds that cause bad breath. Green tea helps by washing away and killing the bacteria, making it easy for having a fresh breath all day.

4. Prevents Gum Disease:

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. In periodontal disease, subgingival bacteria via lipo-polysaccharides cause periodontal destruction; a part of which is due to free radicals produced by the host immune system.

The antioxidative property of green tea helps to restore the balance between the antioxidants and oxidants caused by subgingival bacteria. The anti-inflammatory property of green tea helps keep our gums protected from ulcers and bleeding.

To get the maximum benefits of this fabulous tea; it is recommended to drink 5 cups of it every day, but in its unsweetened form.

For those who are not a regular tea drinker, you could opt for oral care products that contain green tea such as a toothpaste, mouthwash, chewing gum, etc.

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    Story first published: Monday, August 28, 2017, 13:30 [IST]
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