One of the biggest misunderstandings I’ve found that folks have with tea is that they believe that it is not good for your teeth. In fact, the opposite is true: drinking tea has been shown to be a great way to keep your mouth healthy and dentist happy.

nice teeth!According to a recent study published in the Journal of Periodontology, scientists found that the odds of having gum disease declined as intake of green tea rose.

This is significant news, as gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. It is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth, and because gum disease is usually painless, most folks don’t even know they have it.

Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. These bacteria create toxins that can damage the gums. Lab research suggests that the polyphenols found naturally in tea can inhibit those germs as well as the damage they cause. Of course, this does not, by any means, suggest that drinking tea could be a substitute for brushing and flossing (and visiting your dentist!) – it just makes a healthy routine even healthier!

So do your gums a favor – drink some tea!

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