A Cup of Tea Can Do Wonders For Your Teeth

When you wake up in the morning to get ready for work or to head off to school, you need a boost of energy to keep you awake and get you going throughout the day. There are people that can get through the day on one cup of tea or one cup of coffee while others might need multiple cups of tea or coffee to get through the day. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the average person in the United States drinks up to 300 milligrams of caffeine a day. Caffeine includes coffee, soft drinks and tea. Studies have shown that there are increased physical as well oral health care risks when it comes to drinking coffee and soft drinks. There are also studies that have reported increased physical and oral healthcare benefits when it comes to drinking tea.

At Vita Family Dentist in Katy, TX it is our obligation and responsibility to give you the information necessary so you can make a well informed decision as to what is best for your oral health. Here are some of the advantages of drinking tea with regards to your long term health.

1.    Reducing disease: According to the Natural Center for Biotechnology Information, they did a study on the benefits of green tea with regards to gum disease. This study was conducted in 2009 on almost a thousand people in Japan. The study determined that within the test group, all of the participants who had a cup of green tea a day noticed a decrease in receding gum lines and bleeding. That is due to the fact that green tea has antioxidants that help to slow down the effects of gum disease.Another study by Pace University showed that by drinking or rinsing your mouth with green tea as well as toothpaste and mouthwash, it helps to eliminate bacteria that can also cause tooth decay and strep throat.

2.    Prevention of Oral Cancer: A meta-analysis on nineteen articles studying the relationship between green tea and oral cancer was done in 2014 through the Oral Oncology scholarly journal. Within those findings, it was determined that individuals who had green tea had much lower risk of oral cancer.

3.    Fights off Bad Breath: A study that was done by Pace University showed that the antioxidants that are found within tea help to get rid of bad breath. The same study also showed that if you rinse your mouth with black tea, it helps to prevent plaque from forming and also helps fight off tooth decay.

While drinking tea has its benefits, it is wise not to drink tea with any sugar or sweeteners. Sugar can lead to an increase in acids which can eat away at the enamel of your teeth. It is important to remember that tea is not a substitute for brushing your teeth and flossing. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every night.  Regular cleanings and or checkups with a dentist is also important to check for any cavities, bacteria, tooth decay, gum disease or any other types of oral infections.

If you are looking for an evaluation on your oral hygiene and searching for proper expertise and treatment options, come to Katy Vita Dental Care in TX where we have licensed and experienced dental professionals to answer questions and give you satisfaction knowing that you have the best of dental care available to you. Please call us today at 713-766-1208 or go online to VitaDentalHouston and click on schedule now to schedule your appointment online.