Improving Oral Health...One Tea At A Time
Registered Dental Hygienist, Janet Steiner, explains how the tea we drink could be good news for our oral health.
Posted on 1/12/2022 by Covington Family Dental
Cozy tea cup with red-brown tea sitting on top of a book next to flowersDepending on how green, black, or oolong tea is prepared, different compounds are activated, producing certain medicinal properties. These extracts can provide significant oral health benefits.

Tea originated about 4,000-6,000 years ago from the plant Camelia senensis. This specific plant produces the three most popular teas consumed today, green, black and oolong. Green tea leaves are steamed to prevent fermentation. They contain an abundance of catechin, which promotes health. Black tea leaves are fermented, causing oxidation transforming into the antioxidant polyphenol. Oolong tea leaves are prepared by partial fermentation.

These components of tea may offer significant benefits in the prevention of cavities, gum disease, oral candidiasis and malodor. The preliminary studies with tea components, demonstrates tea's effectiveness in promoting oral health. Researchers around the world continue to study the possible beneficial effects of tea.

Stay tuned for more studies- results may reveal a natural, simple, and cost effective product aiding in untreated oral health conditions.

(Dimensions of Dental Hygiene-October 2021)

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