A healthy mouth is a product of proper at-home care, regular dental visits, and smart nutritional choices. Recently, it was revealed that including green tea in your diet could improve the health of your gums and prevent periodontitis.
In a Japanese study published in the Journal of Periodontology, the researchers analyzed the health of the gums of 940 males between ages 49 and 59, to establish whether there would be any differences between those who consumed green tea regularly and those who consumed less of the beverage.
To identify the periodontal health of the subjects, the researchers looked at three indicators: loss of gum tissue (gum recession); depth of periodontal pocket; and bleeding upon probing the soft tissues.
Findings of the Study
Previous researches had shown a relationship between the consumption of green tea and weight loss, cancer prevention, and a healthy heart.
In this study, the researchers observed a direct relationship between green tea consumption and periodontal health. Subjects who consumed the most green tea were observed to have the least effect of all three indicators. In other words, the more green tea the subjects consumed, the lower the incidence of periodontal disease.
Benefits of Green Tea for Oral Health
The lead researcher, Dr. Yoshihiro Shimazaki claimed that the health benefits of green tea are well known. And considering the close connection between periodontitis and overall health, his team of researchers sought to find out whether green tea could also help prevent periodontal disease.
The researchers claimed that the positive correlation was attributed to the presence of an antioxidant called catechin in green tea. Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the hard and soft tissues holding the teeth in place. The catechin found in green tea helps to promote oral health by inhibiting the body’s inflammatory reaction to bacteria responsible for periodontitis.
There are other benefits of green tea to your oral health that were not discussed in this particular study. For instance:
● Green tea is said to contain polyphenols that inhibit plaque from sticking to tooth enamel, which in turn prevents the buildup of plaque and reduces the risk of tooth decay and cavities
● Green tea also promotes a healthy oral environment that prevents the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath
● Green tea is said to slow down the progression of oral cancer
● There are also some green teas that contain fluoride, which strengthens tooth enamel.
Moreover, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) has supported findings of other studies showing that maintaining healthy gums also helps to promote the overall health of an individual. Although green tea is not a substitute for daily brushing and flossing, as well as professional dental cleanings, it is a great supplement for promoting oral health, according to Valencia dentist, Dr. Fariba Bolourchi.