Green tea, an ally for oral health.
After water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. A staggering 15,000 cups of tea are drunk every second on the planet! The reason for this popularity is its delicate taste and the comforting feeling it gives.
For centuries, Asians have considered it to be a "medicine" that helps people live longer. In Quebec, it is mainly thanks to the research work of Dr. Béliveau that we know about the anti-cancer properties of green tea.
This delicious drink has other fascinating powers. Did you know that it can contribute to your oral health?
The three powers of green tea
- Antibacterial power
The antibacterial properties of green tea come from one of its components, called catechin. It slows down the production of bacteria in the mouth and reduces the acidity of saliva. As a result, green tea can reduce plaque and prevent tooth decay.
- Anti-inflammatory power
Green tea can also reduce inflammation and bleeding of the gums. This property helps to control or prevent periodontal disease. By keeping the gums healthy and the jawbones strong, the tea provides stability to the teeth.
- Antioxidant power
The antioxidant properties of green tea offer protection against changes in cell structure. It can slow down the development of cancerous tumours and inhibit the proliferation of cancerous cells. Green tea therefore has a protective effect against oral cancer.
Thanks to its antibacterial power, green tea washes away bacteria and germs that can cause bad breath. It is said to be as effective as mint, chewing gum and parsley oil!
How much should we consume?
To optimise its antioxidant power and maximise its benefits, it is recommended to take 3 to 5 cups a day. It should also be left to infuse for a longer period, between 8 and 10 minutes. This allows a good extraction of the active molecules.
There are many dental products containing green tea: toothpastes, mouthwashes, chewing gums… Try it! However, green tea is not a magic product. If it is not accompanied by a healthy diet and proper oral hygiene, the results will never be as effective.
Can't wait for a cup of this delicious remedy!