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Types of Teas that Help Battle Plaque

Posted on 1/20/2017 by Na Xu
Green tea inside of a cup.There's nothing quite like a relaxing cup of tea at the end of a long day. It's also quite enjoyable on those cold, winter mornings. You've probably heard the news that some types of teas are great for your health, but what you might not know is that these teas are also good for your oral health, helping in the battle against plaque.

What is Plaque?

Plaque is the sticky, whitish residue that coats your teeth. It holds the millions of bacteria that collect in your mouth, allowing them to easily produce the acids that destroy your teeth. If not removed, plaque hardens into tartar, which is impossible to remove without the help of your dentist. Tartar pushes against your gums, irritating them and causing them to become inflamed. When this happens, the gums pull away from the teeth and allow dangerous bacteria to get below the gum line, leading to more severe forms of gum disease.

Green Tea
Many antibacterial mouthwashes are good at what they do - killing bacteria and reducing plaque. But mouthwashes often contain chemicals that most people would rather avoid. Green tea contains compounds that help in the fight against plaque and bacteria, and it's chemical free.

Green tea has been proven to kill a larger number of bacteria in your mouth and cut the amount of plaque on your teeth in half. And it does so better than most commercial mouthwashes. Green tea also offers several other benefits to your oral health:

•  It lowers the acidity of plaque.
•  It has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help when healing from gum disease.
•  It has antioxidants, which have been shown to lower your risk for certain cancers, including oral cancer.

Black Tea
Much like green tea, black tea contains compounds that help reduce the amount of plaque on your teeth. Studies have shown that rinsing your mouth with black tea helps to prevent plaque buildup better than rinsing with water. Any plaque that did build up was much less sticky, which means less bacterial buildup.

While green and black teas can aid in the fight against plaque, they are not meant to be a single cure. Sure, you can enjoy a cup of your favorite tea, but don't forget to brush and floss daily as well as visit your dentist.

Please contact our office today if you have any questions about battling plague.

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