Green Tea Keeps Teeth and Gums Healthy
Drinking green tea is now found to keep teeth and gums healthy; in turn ensuring better overall health. The results of a new study revealed that a group of men who regularly drank green tea had very healthy teeth and gums, compared to those who did not routinely drink green tea.
The study, published in the Journal of Periodontology, analyzed periodontal health of 940 men. The benefits of green tea for fighting cardiovascular disease, cancer prevention, and assisting with weight loss led researchers to investigate if drinking green tea might also contribute to healthy teeth and gums.
According to study, author Dr. Yoshihiro Shimazaki of Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan… “Since many of us enjoy green tea on a regular basis, my colleagues and I were eager to investigate the impact of green tea consumption on periodontal health, especially considering the escalating emphasis on the connection between periodontal health and overall health."
The men studied ranged in age from 49 to 59. They were all examined for three indicators of periodontal disease. The researchers discovered that for every cup of green tea the men drank on a daily basis, there were fewer indicators of periodontal disease – less bleeding with probing, decreased depth of periodontal pocket, and decreased clinical loss of attachment of tooth to gum.
The scientists think that catechin in green tea may be responsible for better periodontal health found among the regular tea drinkers. Catechin is an antioxidant that reduces inflammation in the body. Since inflammation promotes periodontal disease, the scientists speculate that catechin reduces the ill effects of mouth bacteria by reducing the body’s inflammatory response, leading to healthier teeth and gums.
David Cochran, president of the AAP and Chair of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, says, "Periodontists believe that maintaining healthy gums is absolutely critical to maintaining a healthy body."
Since drinking green tea offers a variety of other health benefits, Cochran suggests that regularly consuming a cup of green tea is a simple way to ensure healthy teeth and gums, in addition to a wide array of other health benefits associated with drinking green tea.
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