Tea is often misunderstood as a drink that is bad for your dental health as it can stain teeth. However, this problem is easily solved by having the right teeth brushing habits and switching to teas that contain less tannins such as Chinese white, oolong and green tea.
What most people don’t know is that tea can actually be one of the best beverage options available for your oral and dental health. If you regularly drink tea you’ll enjoy many tea health benefits. Below we have listed the benefits that are related to oral health.
General Dentistry, the clinical, peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, reports that effect of tea on tooth enamel was similar to water, meaning that there is no erosive effect. The research shows that drinking brewed teas results in less enamel loss than soft drinks and fruit juices. Other studies also suggest that drinking 3 cups a day would even prevent against cavities.
What’s noteworthy is that loose tea also contains a little amount of natural fluoride, which prevents tooth decay. It basically works by mixing with saliva, and thereby disrupting the bacteria’s potential to create acid that promote cavities. Moreover, fluoride even works to repair teeth in the beginning stages of decay.
Natural antioxidant compounds called catechins in tea also prevents oral gum problems such as bleeding or receding gums. A study published by the Journal of Periodontology reports that men who drank at least 1 cup of tea a day experienced improvement in gum recession and bleeding. The study suggests that the improvement was caused by catechins in Chinese green tea that reduced the inflammation from oral bacteria. Another positive side effect is that this in turn helps to fight bad breath (when drinking 3-4 cups a day).
Fight bacteria, but no sugar
This should be common knowledge, but it really can’t hurt to mention it again: Do not add sugar to your tea, if you care about your oral health.
If you review existing studies you find that Chinese tea helps to combat 2 bacteria’s that are associated with tooth decay and gum bleeding: Streptococcus Mutans and Lactobacillus. However, when you add sugar in your tea, the bacteria in your mouth will turn it into acids that eat away tooth tissue and irritate your gums. All the benefits of drinking tea will be cancelled out when sugar is added.
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