Green tea may boost dental health

Green tea

Looking for a caffeine boost? Consider swapping out your daily coffee for a cup of green tea. The brewed drink may improve your oral health.

Regularly drinking green tea can protect against cavities, gum disease and bad breath, according to a 2016 study that compiled research on the beverage’s oral health effects. The study indicated that green tea may reduce oral bacteria which, in turn, can promote the health of teeth and gums.

What’s more, drinking green tea may lower your chance of developing oral cancer. Researchers also noted a significantly lower risk of oral cancer among individuals who drank green tea.

But before you load up on green tea, don’t forget to skip the sweeteners. Sugar and honey still promote cavities, even when you drink them with green tea.

Related reading:

Study: Khurshid et al. Green tea (Camellia Sinensis): Chemistry and oral health. 2016.
Last updated: March 2017

The oral health information on this web site is intended for educational purposes only. You should always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health.

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