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  • How Green Tea Improves Dental Health

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    Green tea has been consumed for thousands of years. It has many health properties to be proud of, which have been demonstrated in studies. In this blog segment we’ve listed 5 ways that green tea can improve your dental health.

    Green Tea Encourages Healthy Gums

    Japanese studies have found that individuals who drank green tea had healthier gums than those who didn’t. Green tea contains catechins (antioxidants with anti-inflammatory benefits) which may reduce the effects of periodontal disease (also referred to as gum disease). By blocking an inflammatory response, green tea can fend off other diseases that periodontal disease is associated with (including diabetes and cardiovascular disease).

    Green Tea Can Help Reduce Cavities and Tooth Loss

    woman with healthy white teeth being checked In 2010, a Japanese study revealed that people who drank at least one cup of green tea per day were less likely to experience tooth loss. Less tooth decay reduces the risk of a variety of overall health issues and diseases in the human body.

    Green Tea Kills Bacteria and Inhibits Viruses

    The catechins in green tea have already been discussed as antioxidants with anti-inflammatory benefits. Catechins also are responsible for inhibiting the growth of the mouth’s most harmful bacteria: Streptococcus mutans. This, in turn, weakens viruses such as the influenza virus.

    Green Tea Reduces Progression of Oral Cancer

    This was demonstrated in a study by the University of Texas, who gave green tea extracts to patients with precancerous lesions in their mouths. The study found that the green tea extracts inhibited the progression from precancerous to cancerous lesions.

    Green Tea Can Reduce Bad Breath 

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    How can green tea reduce bad breath? It is scientifically proven to kill the microbes that cause it. This has been measured against chewing gum, mints and parsley seed oil in a study done by the University of British Columbia. Less odorous compounds were found in the mouths of participants who chewed green tea extract than in those who used the mints, gum or parsley seed oil.

    Green tea has celebrated for its health benefits for thousands of years. We hoped you’ve enjoyed reading about how it can help to improve your dental health.

    Luponde offers organic, fairly traded and Rainforest Alliance Certified teas that provide a ‘whole system’ approach to farming and food production. This includes our organic Earl Grey Loose Leaf Green Tea and teabags. To order from our selection of teas and teawares, or for more information about our biodiversity or sustainability efforts, contact Luponde here.

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