Save your Teeth with a Cup of Green Tea
Oral health is one of the indicators of overall physical hygiene. A fresh, clean and healthy mouth, with complete set of perfectly aligned white teeth does not only signify excellent hygiene but at the same time, creates impact on the general well being and physical appearance of a person. Unhealthy diet in the form of excessive sugary foods and acidic, tinted beverages burdens the teeth by eroding its enamel, making it susceptible to bacteria that causes tooth decay and produces a dreadful halitosis. Tint from various beverages also discolors the teeth, making it less white and clean. Frequent trips to the dentist which means a lot of effort, and added financial burdens can address this problem. It there can only be a reliable and affordable remedy to maintain oral health, it will be much better.
Green tea has already established its reputation in the health industry due to the numerous researched conducted to prove its efficacy. It was known to fight cancer, heart problems and array of diseases that inflicts human health. Its use and importance was already proven for millennia by the Chinese and Japanese predecessors. Recently, the results of numerous studies unravel the new benefit of green tea that is of great importance in the field of periodontology.
The internationally acclaimed, American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) published result of studies that served as strong evidence for association of green tea to the maintenance of oral health. The outcome of the study showed that habitual ingestion of green tea will result to improved oral fitness by protecting the teeth and gums. Another study in Japan led by Dr. Yoshihiro Shimazaki investigated the impact of green tea to periodontal health. They measured the effect of green tea consumption based on three parameters. Results showed that routing intake of green tea significantly decreased the indicators, implying a lower risk of acquiring periodontal diseases among the subjects.
The antioxidant Catechin, particularly the EGCG in green tea showed many potential benefits which includes anti-inflammatory and anti- bacterial properties. Researchers from Slovenia exposed the exact mechanism as to how the green tea exerts its protective effect on the teeth. The EGCG directly target the DNA gyrase, an enzyme that is essential bacteria’s survival. A lot of drugs were tested to inhibit the bacterial gyrase, but so far, only tea eliminates the problem when it comes to toxicity level. Green tea interferes with inflammatory reaction due to the invasion of periodontal bacteria.
It is also important to remember that the protective effect of green tea to oral health can only be felt it will be consumed sugar-free, as sweetener will contradict the intended benefit of green tea. Just like water, brewed green tea does not erode the tooth enamel and unlike soda and fruit juices that contains citric acids contributing to enamel loss. Bacteria thrive in the mouth due to sugars that was retained and their proliferation irritates the gums. Green tea is proven beneficial not only for the teeth but for the gums as well. Researchers found out that drinking a cup of tea a day results to improve gum recession and less gum bleeding. Plaque and dental carries are common oral problems and even these can be addressed by drinking or even rinsing with green tea. No wonder why a lot of companies that manufactures mouth rinse are now capitalizing on green tea. Another awful effect of bacteria in the mouth is halitosis or bad breath. A study conducted at University of Illinois uncovered a component in green tea that exerts bactericidal and bacteriostatic effect, limiting the production of hydrogen sulfide, a compound responsible for an unpleasant odor from the mouth. Researchers from Israel also isolated a compound in green tea that will eliminate the risk of getting oral cancer.
Truly, a cup of green tea will keep the dentist away. We need to brush, we need to floss and of course, the expertise of the dentists, but we can take care of our teeth more, if we’ll include green tea as part of our oral health regimen.