I’ve been blessed with a good set of teeth, but it could also be due, in part, to my love of tea.
Did you know that green, black, and oolong teas all contain natural fluoride? They absorb it through the soil and water that they are grown in. Fluoride is helpful in strengthening teeth and preventing cavities.
A Japanese study also revealed that green tea contains high concentrations of catechin. The antioxidants found in catechin reduce the inflammation that mouth bacteria causes and can reduce tooth decay and gingivitis. The study suggested that one to four cups of green tea per day could reduce the risk of loosing teeth.
Another interesting study from the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Center has promising research that green tea can help prevent oral cancer. Polyphenols are found in green tea and they seem to retard carcinogenic bacteria in the mouth.
Also, due to the limited fermentation process of green tea; it retains more of its antioxidant properties than black or oolong teas.
To get the most benefit from green tea, one should use high grade, loose-leaf tea made from young buds. This will ensure the highest concentration of catechin for better oral health.