Did you know that tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world next to water? It’s estimated that more than 158 million Americans are drinking tea daily. This ends up adding up to more than 3.6 billion gallons of tea each year. With the popularity of sugary beverages like juice and soda, we’re happy to see more and more people choosing to drink tea.
Tea is a great replacement for sugary beverages that are known to cause oral health problems. In fact, soda or juice consumption has been linked to oral ailments such as tooth decay and gum disease. If you let these problems progress without the proper treatment, you may even experience severe oral health issues such as tooth loss. In this instance, we recommend patients to restore their smile with dental implants to minimize the amount of damage that will occur to their remaining teeth and underlying jawbone.
Of course, ditching the sugary beverages is a great way to prevent these oral health problems to begin with! If you’re looking for another option, look into drinking tea and all of the benefits that come with it. To explain more on this subject, dental implant provider, Dr. Richard Ekstein shares the oral health benefits of drinking tea.
There have been numerous studies that have shown that green tea and black tea can have a positive impact on oral health. On the other hand, we’ve always discovered that most herbal, fruity teas won’t help your oral health and will in fact, end up harming your smile due to their acidity. When choosing a tea with oral health in mind, make sure to choose a green or black tea! These teas can benefit your oral health in the following ways:
Black Tea: A study from the University of Illinois found that black tea can actually inhibit the growth of bacteria in your mouth. This is due to polyphenols, which is one of the key components of black teas. Studies also suggest that black tea can ward off infections of the mouth include cavities and strep throat. It also helps that tea is nature’s fluoride and helps to promote a healthy enamel.
Green Tea: Green tea is also a great option when looking for a tea to promote a healthy smile. It is particularly known for the benefits it provides periodontal health. A study from Japan looked at nearly a thousand different subjects and found that individuals who drank green tea has healthier gums than those who did not. The anti-inflammatory properties of green tea is great for individuals suffering from gum disease. Another study found that green tea significantly improved acidity in the mouth and gum inflammation and bleeding.
Not all tea is created equally! It’s important to note that you will enjoy these wonderful perks of tea drinking if you choose a tea without sweetener. Tea with an excess of sugar can end up negating all of the benefits it provides your oral health. This occurs because bacteria will feed upon sugar to create an acid that wear away at tooth enamel and irritates the gums.
To enjoy the benefits of tea, choose a black or green tea without any additive sugar!
As you can see, tea offers plenty of benefits for your oral health. While tea is a great boost for your oral health, it won’t be effective if you’re currently dealing with severe oral health problems. In the case of tooth loss, dental implants offer the perfect solution! Dental implants can give you a natural-looking smile that feels as stable as your natural teeth. To get started on your dental implant treatment, contact our office today and schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Ekstein.
Dr. Richard Ekstein
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North Arlington, NJ 07031
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