There has long been an urban myth that tea is somehow bad for your teeth and mouth, but not much evidence to back it up (except in extreme cases, such as when folks drink super-heated tea).

In fact, as I’ve reported many times before, the complete opposite is true: tea is not only a good preventative measure for your oral health, but can have some great side effects, too, like freshened breath.

happy and bright!And in yet another demonstrably compelling study recently announced in the Archives of Oral Biology, we see yet more evidence that this is the case.  The study focuses on periodontal inflammation, or swelling of the gums, and how introducing tea could help of hinder the health of the mouth.  While some swelling gums does not seem like a very significant proble, it is important to note that if not halted, this inflammation can ultimately lead to the destruction of the attachment tissues, resulting in bone loss and eventual tooth loss.

The study found that when tea was added to toothpaste, the effect that the tea-toothpaste was not only greater than the regular toothpaste at reducing the inflammation, but it also brought about an even lower chance of the problem spreading due to an immune system response.  In other words, it not only keeps your gums healthier, but your whole mouth!

So smile bright, drink tea!