“There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.” ~Bernard-Paul Heroux
Ahhh, a nice cup of tea… it’s definitely something to be cherished as we head into these cold winter months. So what does tea have to do with periodontics? A lot actually. You may think we are going to warn you that it will contribute to stains on your teeth, but actually tea is one of your mouth’s best friends.
Are you a fan of green tea? A recent study has shown that people who consume brewed green tea daily keep their teeth longer than those who don’t. Of course this benefit is canceled out if you add sugar or other sweetener to your brew.
Once again, green tea is giving you yet another health benefit. Polyphenols found in green tea can actually counteract the odor caused by sulfur components found in your mouth. Bonus points if you drink mint green tea.
Not to be left out, black tea does something pretty special in your mouth too. By disrupting a bacterial enzyme that causes plaque to stick to your teeth, you will have less tartar buildup.
Did you know that anti-oxidants fight cancer cells and that green tea is full of them? Although it has not been tested as a stand-alone treatment for cancer, green tea can slow down oral cancer growth and even kill the cancerous cells.
Too much bacteria in your mouth can cause puffy, bleeding gums—but not so much if you are a tea drinker. A natural anti-inflammatory, researchers believe that the natural chemicals found in tea inhibit the growth and spread of oral bacteria.
With tea providing so many periodontic benefits, maybe we should give our patients free tea bags instead of toothbrushes! Actually tea should only enhance your regular home oral hygiene routine, not replace it. If you think you may have a periodontic issue, think of us first. Our caring and knowledgeable staff is ready and able to give you your best smile possible. Schedule your appointment today.