Dental News: For Healthier Tea and Gums, Drink Tea

We all know by now that fruit juices and soft drinks have sugars and acids that can be harmful to your teeth. According to a new study in a journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, one of the best drinks for your oral health is brewed tea. The study found that the effect of tea on tooth enamel was similar to that of water, which has no erosive effect. The study showed that drinking brewed teas resulted in dramatically less enamel loss than drinking soft drinks and fruit juices.

Another recent study conducted in Japan found that green tea has added oral health benefits due to the natural antioxidant compounds called catechins that are in it. This study, published in the Journal of Periodontology, focused on men who had some indications of gum (periodontal) disease such as bleeding or receding gums. Almost all the men who drank a minimum of one cup of green tea each day showed improvement in gum recession and their gums bled less. The researchers suggested that the improvement was the result of catechins in the green tea that interfere with the inflammation that results from bacteria in the mouth.

It’s a great idea to replace tea for your other refreshment options. Just avoid anything with added sugar or citric acid, as these can be harmful to your teeth.

Drink Brewed Tea to Avoid Tooth Erosion. Academy of General Dentistry
Relationship Between Intake of Green Tea and Periodontal Disease. Journal of Periodontology, Vol. 80, No. 3, 2009.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees children and adults in Culver City and serves the greater Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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