The Natural Protection of Green Tea

February 5, 2011

I’m Dr. Brad Greenfield, and I practice holistic dentistry here at my dental practice in Lake Orion, Michigan. Holistic dentistry means that I use biocompatible materials and conservative procedures that are in the best interest of your health. This also means that I am in favor of natural ways to provide dental care to my patients of all ages.

Of course, your at-home dental hygiene regiment plays a crucial role in the health of your mouth. I want to tell you about a holistic touch that you can add to your normal brushing and flossing to help maintain a healthy mouth.

It appears that green tea can help contribute to good oral health. A study was recently done on about 25, 000 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, green tea is rich in polyphenols, which provide a variety of health benefits. Polyphenols inhibit the action of oral bacteria that can cause periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has been linked to causing a number of other serious health problems, including heart problems and certain cancers. Cranberries are good for your dental health for the same reason.

I encourage you to add a little natural green tea to your daily diet. It’s important, however, that you don’t diminish its natural value by loading it up with sugar or artificial sweeteners. Also, don’t give up brushing, flossing, and going to the dentist for regular six-month exams and cleanings. The polyphenols found in green tea aren’t enough to keep your teeth and gums healthy alone.

For more information about ways to achieve a healthy mouth, please contact my office at (248) 693-6213.

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