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Drinking Green Tea May Save your Teeth

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woman-drinking-green-teaDrinking Green Tea can Save your Teeth

New research reveal that drinking green tea may be an effective way to help keep teeth and gums healthy and reduce your risk to several diseases caused by the bacteria associated with poor gum health.

A new study, published in the Journal of Periodontology, revealed that a group of men who regularly drank green tea had very healthy teeth and gums, and less periodontal disease compared to those who did not routinely drink green tea. Periodontal (gum) diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are serious infections that, left untreated, can not only lead to tooth loss, but new studies indicate that periodontal is associated with the progression of other diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Green Teeth Periodontal Disease Dental Study

The study analyzed the periodontal health of 940 men who ranged in age from 49 to 59. They were all examined for three indicators of periodontal disease: periodontal pocket depth (PD), clinical attachment loss (CAL) of gum tissue, and bleeding on probing (BOP) of the gum tissue. The researchers discovered that for every cup of green tea the men drank on a daily basis, there was a decrease in all three periodontal disease indicators, therefore signifying a lower instance of periodontal disease in those subjects who regularly drank green tea.

Green tea’s ability to help reduce symptoms of periodontal disease may be due to the presence of the antioxidant catechin. Previous research has demonstrated antioxidants’ ability to reduce inflammation in the body, and the indicators of periodontal disease measured in this study, periodontal pocket depth (PD), clinical attachment loss (CAL) of gum tissue, and bleeding on probing (BOP) of the gum tissue suggest the existence of an inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria in the mouth. By interfering with the body’s inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria, green tea may actually help promote periodontal health, and ward off further periodontal disease and other inflammatrory diseases associated with bacteria in the mouth.

David Cochran, president of the AAP and Chair of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, says, "Periodontists believe that maintaining healthy gums is absolutely critical to maintaining a healthy body."

Green Tea and Health

Since drinking green tea offers a variety of  health benefits, Cochran suggests that regularly consuming a cup of green tea is a simple way to not only ensure healthy teeth and gums, but to also take advantage of many other green tea health benefits.

Green tea has been shown to benefit health in a variety of ways that include depression prevention, cancer prevention, osteoporosis prevention, hypertension prevention, arthrosclerosis prevention, immune system support, reduction in inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Green tea and its extract have also been shown to fight obesity and lower LDL "bad" cholesterol -- two risk factors for heart disease and diabetes -- but in very limited studies.

So, if you’re toying with the idea of adding a cup of green tea to your day, drink up because there is numerous research prooving that drinking green tea can be beneficial for fighting diseases like heart disease and cancer and helping with weight loss.

Source: (2009) Green tea for healthy gums. BDJ 206:8, 402-402. Online publication date: 25-May-2009.

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