Green tea, good for the gums and teeth
It was believed that it was good for the teeth but now it was finally confirmed. A study of 940 men in a Japanese university showed that those who drink green tea assiduously have better oral health than those who do not.
Something that had been assuming for some time, it seems, has been confirmed: green tea is good for your teeth. At least that’s what a study recently published in the Journal of Periodontology and conducted at the University of Kyushu in Fukuoka, Japan showed.
There, the researchers found that the usual intake of green tea can also help promote healthy teeth and gums. The study had a body of work of 940 men between 50 and 60 years, proving that those who regularly drank green tea showed better oral health than those who did not.
The researchers coordinated by Shimazaki observed that for every cup of green tea consumed daily there was a positive increase in oral health indicators and that means a lower rate of incidence of periodontal diseases in patients who regularly drank green tea.
In the words of Dr. Yoshihiro Shimazaki, head of the study, “it is important to find simple ways to increase periodontal health, such as regularly drinking green tea – something that clearly brings certain health-related benefits.” Green tea contains compounds that seem to control inflammation and fight bacterial infection.
How can green tea help in oral health?
In the prevention of caries: controls bacteria and reduces the acidity of saliva and dental plaque. In Egypt, a study was carried out in which people were tested before and after rinsing their mouths for five minutes with green tea. After rinsing the teeth with green tea, the subjects had less bacteria and acidity in the mouth, as well as reduced bleeding of the gums. Caries reduction is possible by consuming green tea daily.
In the health for the gums: the anti-inflammatory power of green tea would be the one that would help maintain the good health of the gums. Two medical studies would support this theory: one made in Japan in 2010 with 1,000 people, found that those who drank green tea regularly had more healthy gums than those who did not. The other study was conducted in Germany and similar positive results were found in people who were asked to chew candies containing green tea extracts.
Less loss of teeth: it makes sense that a drink that helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease will also help maintain teeth. This is proven by the Japanese research that reported that men and women who drink one or more cups of green tea a day are more likely to maintain their natural teeth.
If you are not a tea drinker because you do not like it or because you do not like it, you can try oral care products that contain Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing), such as toothpaste and mouthwash. You can even chew gum or candy made with green tea that does not contain sugar.