A cup of Green tea a day keeps the Dentist away
With origins dating back over 4,000 years, green tea has long been a popular beverage in Asian culture, and is increasingly gaining popularity in the United States.Ancient Chinese and Japanese medicine believed green tea consumption could cure disease and heal wounds, recent scientific studies are beginning to establish the potential health benefits of drinking green tea, especially in weight loss, heart health, and cancer prevention.
Green tea may well be a treat for your taste buds. But new research is suggesting that it benefits the rest of your oral cavity as well. 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.
A plaque not only causes tooth decay and gum disease but it is also the primary cause of bad breath. Bad breath or halitosis comes from a combination of bacteria, decomposing food and decomposing tissue. If plaque is removed daily you can avoid decaying teeth that need to be repaired along with the bad breath.
Evidence indicate that the tea’s polyphenols are beneficial for maintaining oral health. Volunteers who were willing to refrain from any oral hygeine, like brushing and flossing for seven days, instead rinsed their mouths out with Green Tea extract before and after eating and before bed greatly reduced the deposition of cavity-promoting plaque and bacteria that causes bad breath.
Drinking green tea every day can offer protection against gum disease, according to a 2009 study that examined the oral health of 940 men in Japan. Nearly every participant who drank at least one cup of green tea a day experienced a decrease in gum recession and bleeding. Both symptoms are indicators of gum disease. The researchers suggested that the antioxidants in green tea may be responsible for slowing down the effects of gum disease.
A cup of Green generally contains 50 to 100 milligrams of polyphenols, a greater dose than was used in the studies. Moderate amounts of regular use or consumption has a great potential for stopping cavities in their tracks and keeping teeth as healthy as possible.
Here are five reasons why green tea may be good for your oral health.
Gum health: A Japanese survey of almost 1,000 men found that those who drank green tea regularly had healthier gums than those who didn’t.Green tea’s anti-inflammatory powers seem to help control periodontal (gum) disease. A German study found similar positive results in people who were asked to chew candies containing green-tea extracts.
Cancer control: In one study at the University of Texas, green-tea extract was given to patients with precancerous lesions in their mouths, and it slowed the progression to oral cancer. The antioxidants and other properties of green tea appear to protect against cellular damage and cancerous tumour growth. Animal studies have also found that tea compounds can inhibit cancer growth.
Cavity prevention:A recent Egypt-based study tested people before and after they gave their mouths a five-minute rinse with green tea. Because green tea controls bacteria and lowers the acidity of saliva and dental plaque, it may be a useful tool in preventing cavities.The test subjects had less bacteria and acid in their mouths, as well as reduced gum bleeding. Other research has found that drinking green tea shows promise when it comes to preventing tooth decay.
Better breath: The University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Dentistry measured the level of smelly compounds in people’s mouths after they were given green-tea powder or another substance that supposedly helps with bad breath. Green tea outperformed mints, chewing gum and even parsley-seed oil in this study.Green tea has been associated with better-smelling breath. Why? Likely because it kills the microbes that make our mouths stinky.
Less tooth loss:Japanese research published in 2010 reported 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.It makes sense that a substance that helps prevent cavities and gum disease will help you keep your teeth.
Although, drinking green tea has numerous benefits for good oral health but dental care is still important. You should take care of your teeth by regular dental check ups, brushing it twice daily, flossing along with brushing as it revitalize the gum tissue, removes the plaque and food stuck in places where a toothbrush cannot reach. Following all these steps you can make your teeth and gums healthy which is important for healthy body.
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