Green Tea and Oral Health
Are you one of the millions of people who have a hard time starting their
day off without a caffeine boost? Consider swapping out your daily coffee for a cup of green tea. The brewed drink may improve your oral health.
According to a 2016 study that compiled research on the beverage’s oral health effects, regularly drinking green tea has been shown to protect against cavities, gun disease, and bad breath. The study indicated that green tea may reduce oral bacteria which, in turn, can promote the health of teeth and gums. Researchers also noted a significantly lower risk of oral cancer among individuals who drank green tea.
But before you load up on green tea, don’t forget to skip the sweeteners. Sugar and honey still promote cavities, even when you drink them with green tea.
Did you know?
• Green tea originated in China for medicinal purposes, and its first recorded use was 4,000 years ago.
• While green tea is rich in antioxidants, studies have shown that the bottled varieties of tea don’t even come close to the antioxidant levels you’ll find in home-brewed green tea.
• A cup of green tea has only 2 calories.
• Green tea increases the metabolism. The poly phenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.