Drinking Tea Improves Dental Health
We’ve all heard the phrase, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But there’s something else that wards off the dentist. You might be surprised to know that it’s not what’s in your bathroom cabinet but your kitchen cupboard that can save you thousands in dental care. It turns out that tea is good for your teeth.
Though you probably won’t find it served at your dentist’s office just yet, recent research studies show that drinking tea can actually improve dental health. That’s right: tea doesn’t only help you lose weight and drop stress, it can also perfect your smile!
The Science Behind It
According to studies by the Tea Trade Health Research Association, drinking tea every day does two things. One: it reduces bacteria. Two: it rids your mouth of plaque buildup that causes gum disease.
Here’s how it works.
When you drink tea on a regular basis, you reduce inflammation in the mouth. As inflammation decreases, germs are also reduced. Basically, you can drink your way to oral health.
But not every part of the tea that improves your dental health. A specific element, called polyphenols, or plant extracts, found in tea are the agent for change. Not only do they reduce the number of bacteria inside your mouth, they also stop the surviving germs from attaching to the surface of your teeth.
With fewer amounts of bacteria in your mouth on your teeth, you are less likely to get cavities and your dental health is improved.
All Teas Aren’t Equal
Though most tea is thought to have at least some positive impact on your oral health, some are better than others. Pu-erh tea has been found to be the most effective of fighting dental disease.
Pu-erh is one of the only types of tea that can improve dental health by getting rid of every strain of Streptococcus bacteria that lives in the oral cavity. With fewer Strep bacteria floating around, you’re also less likely to get other Strep based illnesses like the ones that cause a massive sore throat.
Pu-erh tea also helps the gums, healing this soft tissue that green tea or other blends don’t protect. While your gums are growing stronger and overall dental health improving, you may also lose weight or lower your cholesterol. These are well-proven benefits of Pu-erh tea, and I even lost weight myself drinking this type of tea while living in Hong Kong.
A final benefit of tea when it comes to dental care is less acid production. Bacteria production is actually the cause of acid. As more acid is produced, your teeth become more at risk for breakdown. This leads to cavities and damage to your overall oral health. Thankfully, drinking tea is an easy and inexpensive way of keeping your teeth healthy. Less bacteria = less acid = fewer cavities = money saved.
Still not sold? Try our Pu-erh tea for yourself and see if it helps improve your smile. Even if you don’t see a drastic improvement in your dental health, the other health benefits make it worth the buy!
Have a beauTEAful day.
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