Dental Tips For Tea Drinkers
Mornings can be tough and caffeine is typically the way Americans muddle through that portion of the day. Not all caffeinated drinks are created equally as some are naturally better health choices than others. One of the healthiest options of all is opting for green tea over coffee, as the elixir is well known for having high levels of antioxidants, which are essential for your general physiology and your dental health.
Previous research on green tea has shown that consuming the unsweetened beverage Journal of Periodontology has shown the benefits do not stop there. In the Japanese study, research gauged the oral health of 940 men based on the three main conditions associated with periodontal disease clinical attachment loss of gum tissue, periodontal pocket depth and bleeding upon probing of the gum tissue. Their findings have indicated that for every cup of green tea consumed, a marked decrease in all the symptoms was noted.
The research team was unable to determine what component of green tea sparked the symbiotic relationship, but their theory revolves around the antioxidants naturally present in green tea have the power to reduce the body’s natural, inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria.
Not everyone enjoys a cup of green tea as some like their leaves black. Black tea is the most consumed beverage in the world and new research has indicated that the naturally occurring fluoride levels in the beverage are significantly higher than originally anticipated.
New information released by the Medical College of Georgia have indicated that heavy, black tea drinkers are at risk for developing bone problem caused by consuming too much fluoride over long periods of time. It would take ingesting about 20 milligrams a day over 10 or more years before bone problems would develop, however the risk is real. On average, people consume a safe level of two to three milligrams of fluoride on a daily basis courtesy of their toothpaste, drinking water on food.
Previous research had indicated that black tea had one to five milligrams of fluoride per serving. However, the new research presented by Dr. Gary Whitford, Regents Professor of oral biology in the School of Dentistry at the International Association of Dental Research Conference in Barcelona, Spain, has intimated that the beverage may actually deliver 9 milligrams of anion F− per serving.