Drink Tea for Your Teeth
Monday, 10 September 2007
The benefits of tea on the human body continue to be documented by a growing number of clinical studies conducted at prestigious universities. View our Health Benefits category. And now it appears that tea is also good for your teeth.
In a recent Today Health article, a researcher at the University of Illinois’ Chicago College of Dentistry asserts that “black and green teas help reduce your chances of developing cavities and gum disease.”
Tea, both black and green, contains polyphenols that prevent plaque from adhering to your teeth. These antioxidant compounds also help prevent cavities and gum disease.
“Tea also has potential for reducing bad breath because it inhibits the growth of the bacteria that cause the odor,” asserts Christine D. Wu, PhD, the school’s associate dean of research.
Earlier research introduced in 2003 — and featured on WebMD — indicated that tea helps fight a variety of bacteria, including those causing strep throat.