The ancient Chinese and Japanese beliefs about the health-promoting benefits of green tea have been proven true by several ongoing scientific studies, particularly, with regard to heart health, weight-loss and cancer.
To add to this list, a recent study has revealed that routine intake of green tea can help promote healthy teeth and gums.
The researchers arrived at this fact, after analyzing the periodontal health of 940 men and found that those who regularly drank green tea, had superior periodontal health, that those who consumed less of it.
The participants were examined on three indicators of periodontal disease “ periodontal pocket depth (PD), clinical attachment loss (CAL) of gum tissue, and bleeding on probing (BOP) of the gum tissue.
Researchers noticed that for every one cup of green tea consumed, there was a decrease in all three indicators, which implies a lower instance of periodontal disease among those who regularly drank green tea.
This ability by green tea to reduce periodontal disease may be due to the presence of the antioxidant Catechin.
Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease, affecting the bones and gums that supports the teeth, and is associated with progression of other diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Dr. David Cochran, DDS, PhD, President of AAP and Chair of the Department of Periodontics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, says “Periodontists believe that maintaining healthy gums is necessary to maintain a healthy body. Therefore, it is vital to find simple ways to boost periodontal health, such as drinking green tea on a regular basis “ something, which is already known to possess several health benefits.”
The study has been published in the Journal of Periodontology.