The Greatness of Green Tea

It has been proven that your eating habits have a huge impact on the health of your mouth. You know what not to eat and drink to stay healthy, but what if you had an excuse to eat and drink for added health benefits?

I’m Dr. Randy LaFrom, a dentist in Cupertino, California, and I am telling you to do just that. I want to suggest you may be able to  drink your way to a healthier mouth.

Prevention Magazine recently ran an article about the effects green tea can have on oral health. A study was done on 25,078 people between the ages of 40 and 60. It was found that people who drank at least 5 cups of green tea a day had a 23% less tooth loss rate than those who didn’t. Those who drank 1 to 2 cups a day had an 18% less tooth loss rate than those who didn’t.

Why is that? Well, it goes along with the reason why cranberries are good for you. Green tea is rich in polyphenols, which have been known to provide a variety of health benefits. Polyphenols inhibit the action of oral bacteria that are linked to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, heart problems, and certain cancers, so anything you can do it to lower your chances of getting it is worthwhile.

I encourage you to consider adding a little natural green tea to your daily diet. Just make sure that you take advantage of its natural power, and don’t load it up with sugar or artificial sweeteners (unless you use Xylitol – see prior posts). Also, don’t trade your brushing and flossing habits for glass after glass of green tea. The polyphenols alone aren’t enough to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It’s just amazing to see how one healthy diet choice can benefit you both now and down the road.

For more information about other ways to achieve a healthy mouth, please contact my office at (408) 996-8595.

~ by cupertinodentist on January 27, 2011.

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