Green Tea: It's TEArrific for your Teeth


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While Asians, particulary the Chinese and Japanese, have long been drinking tea, there has been a notable surge in tea drinkers in the world where coffee has lorded it over for so many years. There has been a rise in the number of people who have taken to drinking green tea in particular that even the coffee shops down the street have started to serve them. 

Several studies have been done which proved the oral health benefits of drinking green tea. Researchers have found out that regular intake of green tea helps promote healthy teeth and gums aside from its other effects such as weight loss, anti-cancer properties and a healthy heart.  It contains natural antioxidants called catechins.  It is believed that because of these antioxidants, symptoms of periodontal (gum) disease are reduced and eliminated.  

It should be noted, though, that the green tea used and drank during the different studies did not contain any form of sweetener, natural or otherwise. Sugar may reverse the health benefits drinking green tea can give. We should be aware that sugar produces acids that may "dissolve" your enamel and irritate your gums. Bottled iced teas, prepackaged ones and powdered tea mixes contain high amounts of sugar and should be avoided.

With all the health benefits of green tea, why don't you make it a habit to drink one cup a day? Unsweetened, of course.