The next time you feel parched, reach for the beverage experts say can boost the overall health of your entire body: green tea. People from China and Japan have enjoyed both the taste and long-term health benefits of this lightly-colored brew for thousands of years. Many recent university-based studies have demonstrated green tea’s ability to lower your risk for developing heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Now, emerging research from all over the world has successfully shown that green tea can improve the state of your oral health as well. Dr. Aziza Askari, your Farmington Hills dentist, discusses the value of drinking green tea for the health of your teeth and gums.
How Green Tea Can Make Your Mouth Healthier
Several independently conducted studies have concluded that regularly drinking 1-2 cups of green tea every day promotes better health in several areas of the mouth:
1) Researchers at Kyushu University in Japan found that the catechins in green tea have an anti-inflammatory effect on the gums and significantly reduce the depth of periodontal pockets, minimize gum bleeding in the presence of gingivitis, and slow the loss of connective tissue.
2) A study from Tohoku University in Japan indicated that green tea has an antimicrobial effect on the bacteria that causes tooth decay.
3) Findings from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Israel demonstrate that green tea also counteracts volatile sulfur compounds, one of the primary causes of bad breath.
Concerns About the Staining Effect of Green Tea
Green tea will leave trace stains on the surface of your teeth. However, before you decide to skip the green tea, consider:
- Other popular hot beverages, namely coffee and black tea, have far worse staining effects than green tea and do not offer the same number of health benefits.
- Proper brushing with mildly abrasive toothpaste will counteract most of these stains.
- A professionally administered teeth whitening system will effectively remove green tea and other stains from your teeth, so you can enjoy this beneficial drink and your gorgeous, bright smile.
How to Enjoy Green Tea
If prepared incorrectly, green tea can taste bitter. To brew a perfect cup of green tea, heat a cup of water to about 180°F (almost, but not quite, boiling). Add a tea bag, loose tea leaves, or powdered green tea leaves. Allow the tea to steep for 2-5 minutes. You can enjoy green tea hot or you can cool it down and serve it on ice. If you like your tea sweetened, use an artificial sweetener such as xylitol which has further benefits for your oral health.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Farmington Hills Dentist
To talk you your family dentist about green tea and other nutrition choices you can make to improve the health of your teeth and gums, call the Comfort Dental Spa office at (248) 474-6434 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aziza Askari today. We serve patients from Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Farmington Hills, and the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods.