Green tea has been a popular drink for over 3,000 years due to its many bodily and dental health benefits. The drink, with an estimated consumption of 3 billion cups per day, is naturally rich in antioxidants and well known to promote a healthy lifestyle. Regularly drinking green tea can control inflammation and fight bacterial infections for your entire body including your gums and teeth.
How Green Tea Helps your Oral Health
1. Promotes Good Breath
Green tea is much better for your breath than coffee or milk because it does not contain any dairy substances nor does it cause xerostomia (dry mouth) like coffee does. In addition, green tea kills the microbes that causes our mouths to smell throughout the day from minimal water intake or, sometimes, hunger.
2. Promotes Healthy Gums
A 2016 study indicated that green tea may reduce oral bacteria which, in turn, can promote the health of teeth and gums. Researchers believe that antimicrobial molecules called “catechins” found in green tea have the potential to kill bacteria associated with tooth decay and gum disease. As a result, green tea has the potential to prevent tooth loss and other oral health problems.
3. Helps Prevent Oral Cavities
Green tea controls bacteria through regulating saliva production and acidity in the mouth. Researchers found multiple positive studies on tooth decay prevention using only green tea.
4. Prevents Cavities and Periodontal (gum) Diseases
A Japanese study of almost 1,000 men found that regularly drinking green tea promotes healthier gums. This means regular green tea drinkers will experience less tooth loss during the aging process.
Overall Health Benefits of Green Tea
1. Supports Healthy Skin
Green tea is the best drink when it comes to skin care. Studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage, help with wrinkles, and reduce any signs of ageing. When consumed, the antioxidants found I the drink are excellent at fighting premature aging.
2. Accelerates Weight Loss
The polyphenol found in green tea intensifies fat oxidation levels, increases metabolism, and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
3. Reduce Risk of High Blood Pressure
Regular green tea is thought to offer endothelial protection by helping blood vessels relax, allowing blood to flow more freely. Regular consumption is also thought to provide a high source of antioxidants that have been linked to better cardiovascular health.