The positive benefits of tea and your teeth

March 5, 2012

Dental, Recipes

Those who drank unsweetened brewed tea had dramatically less enamel loss than those who regularly consumed acidic beverages like soft drinks and juices.

by Heather Demeritte — 

We brush our teeth first thing in the morning and before retiring for the night. We floss, and swish mouthwash daily. Although we follow a regular routine to promote good oral health hygiene, gum disease and tooth decay are still major health issues today.

What can you do to keep your teeth and gums healthy? Drink tea. Researchers recently studied the positive effects of tea on teeth and dental health. Those who drank unsweetened brewed tea had dramatically less enamel loss than those who regularly consumed acidic beverages like soft drinks and juices.

Tea has no erosive effect on the teeth. Green, black and white teas are all natural sources of fluoride, which protects against tooth decay and prevents the adherence and growth of plaque bacteria. The polypheols found in tea also prevent bad breath. Tannins can decrease acid erosion of tooth enamel and inhibit cavities, or tooth decay.

The selection of the right type of tea and daily consumption are two factors that contribute to strong teeth. Although black tea offers protection, green tea offers the most benefits. Herbal tea has shown no positive effects. Studies show that adding sugar, milk or lemon decreases the benefits of the flavonoids. To gain the most benefits, drink at least two cups of brewed, unsweetened tea a day.

So whatever your preference, enjoy a warm cup of tea or a cool, tall glass of ice tea, and smile your way to good oral health.

Moroccan Mint Tea

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cold, fresh water
  • 4 green tea bags
  • 20 spearmint leaves, divided

Directions:

Bring water just to a boil. Pour about 1/2 cup of hot water into a teapot and swish around to warm the pot. Add the tea bags and 16 mint leaves, then fill the pot with remaining hot water; brew for two to three minutes, stirring the leaves once or twice. Place the remaining four mint sprigs in each mug; pour tea over sprigs. Enjoy! Serves four.

 

Heather Demeritte is a fitness instructor and dance teacher in Scottsdale, Ariz. She is certified by the American Council of Exercise, holds a degree in early childhood development, works helping youths learn fun ways to be fit and is the author of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cookbook. 480-310-5854, hac411@yahoo.com or threedmethod.blogspot.com.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 28, Number 1, Feb/Mar 2009.

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