Study: Drink Tea for Healthier Teeth

image of glass of teaMany people around the world enjoy a cup of tea to unwind, relax, and contemplate life. Who knew that a cup of tea might also bring you healthier teeth and gums as well?

Two recent studies found in the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry say that drinking brewed tea, especially green, is a much better choice that drinking soft drinks or even fruit juice.

The first study found that tea, without added sugar, is as harmless to tooth enamel as water. In fact, when compared to drinking pop and juice, drinking tea resulted in less loss of tooth enamel.

The second study looked at more than 900 Japanese men who had some degree of gum disease, or periodontal disease. Those men who drank at least one cup of green tea each day had less bleeding of the gums, had some improvement for their receding gums, and had less swelling and tenderness. Because of the natural antioxidants found in the green variety, the men experienced these great oral health benefits. These antioxidants are not found in black teas, but black varieties still seem to be a better choice than soft drinks or juice, at least in terms of oral health.

So, go ahead and brew up a cup of tea. But, remember that adding sugar to your tea would potentially cancel any oral health benefits.

It’s important to note that you should not add sugar to your tea. Drinking tea for its oral health benefits is good, but sugar would ruin this aim. Sugar can seriously damage your teeth because bacteria in your mouth feed on sugars and make acids that damage your tooth enamel.

This is why drinking soft drinks and fruit juices can be harmful to the health of your teeth and gums. Steering clear of sugary drinks and drinking brewed tea instead can then set you on the right track and provide some great oral health benefits too.

Just make sure not to add sugar!