A study of more than 900 men found those who consumed larger amounts of green tea were less likely to exhibit the telltale signs of periodontal disease. A dentist in Beverly Hills shares more about the study results.
Beverly Hills, California (June 2009) – A healthy and beautiful smile is not just a product of cosmetic dentistry but also of good health and smart nutritional choices.
In recent years, green tea has been validated by multiple research studies for its effect on improving weight loss, and reducing the incidence of heart disease and cancer. New research published in March 2009 suggests a connection between the consumption of green tea and a reduction in the incidence of periodontal disease.
“The mouth is a mirror providing a reflection of conditions affecting the entire body,” says Dr. Alex Farnoosh, a dentist in Beverly Hills. “While green tea is not be a replacement for regular brushing and dental care, it can serve as a supplement to promoting proper periodontal health.”
The study was published in the Journal of Periodontology. For the study, 940 men between the ages of 49 and 59 were included and their green tea drinking habits were compared. Those who drank green tea regularly had healthier teeth than those who drank less green tea. The comparisons in dental health were made using three factors normally associated with periodontal disease, including the bleeding of the gum tissue, the depth of the periodontal pocket, and the loss of attachment of gum tissue. The researchers discovered a correlation per glass of green tea consumed and a reduction in those three indicators.
Researchers believe the connection stems from the presence of catechin in green tea. Catechin is an antioxidant which has been shown to fight inflammation in the body. Periodontal disease is a condition marked by ongoing inflammation of the gums which causes the deterioration of gum tissue and supporting bones. By reducing this inflammation, the catechin from the tea may be promoting healthier teeth and gums.
Although not documented in the study, green tea is known to provide other dental benefits. Polyphenols in the tea stop plaque from sticking to the enamel of the teeth thus reducing the risk of cavity development. Green tea can also prevent the growth of bacteria in the mouth which cause bad breath. Some green teas also include fluoride which strengthens teeth.
Dr. Alex Farnoosh offers cosmetic dentistry procedures for Beverly Hills and Los Angeles residents. Request a consultation with Dr. Farnoosh or call his office at 310-657-0503 to find out more.