Green Tea For Great Teeth
By Marci Robin, Senior Online Editor |
As you probably know, coffee can stain your teeth, so if you're thinking of switching to tea for the sake of your smile, make it green tea. Your teeth will benefit in more ways than just color.
A recent Japanese study shows that those who regularly drink green tea have significantly better periodontal health than those who don't. Following about 1000 participants, researchers observed a measurable decrease in gum bleeding, clinical attachment loss of gum tissue and periodontal pocket depth for every single cup of green tea consumed.
The authors of the study, published in the Journal of Periodontology, believe this amazing ability could be due to catechin, an antioxidant that may help reduce the inflammatory responses linked to the three disease indicators in this analysis.
In addition to dental health, the condition of one's gums is linked to overall health; so adding green tea to your diet is a wise idea for more reasons than just your mouth.