Green Tea and Oral Health

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A lot of people can’t go a day without their coffee.  But it has a lot of negative effects on our oral health.   Green tea is a great alternative which actually has many benefits to our general and oral health.  So why not try green tea as an alternative to coffee!

Green tea actually serves as a mild anti-bacterial solution.  It is basic in nature and it is an anti-inflammatory.  That is exactly the kind of beverage we need to optimize oral health!
Nearly all the problems we have with our teeth and gums are due to bacteria.  So the anti-bacterial properties of green tea are huge!  People who drink green tea regularly have less bacteria in their mouth.   Less bacteria means less tooth decay, periodontal diseThousand Oaks Dentist Justin Sycamore DDS Green Teaase, and bad breath.
Green tea has a basic pH.  It usually is a little above 7.   Tooth decay is caused by bacteria of the mouth.  The bacteria processes simple sugars in foods and then releases acidic compounds which erode the enamel of the teeth.  It is precisely the low pH of the bacteria acids which are the first step in tooth decay.  So by regularly drinking a basic green tea, we neutralize the acids and reduce the bacterial effects.
Green tea also is know to have anti-inflammatory properties.  This is key in periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease is the destruction of our gums due to an inflammatory response to bacteria.  So again, the anti-inflammatory properties of green tea will reduce the effects of oral bacteria.
So in summary, green tea is amazing.  It reduces the amount of oral bacteria and then it has other properties which reduce the negative effects of the remaining properties.  I think green tea is an amazing beverage which have many health benefits and I regularly encourage my patients to incorporate it into their diets!