Many studies have linked green tea to benefits in weight loss and cancer prevention, and now drinking this popular beverage could positively impact your oral health. According to a study in the Journal of Periodontology, people who regularly drink green tea have better periodontal health than others. Male participants in the study were evaluated on three indicators of periodontal disease – periodontal pocket depth, bleeding on probing of the gum tissue, and clinical attachment loss of gum tissue.
It was found that for every one cup of green tea consumed each day, each of these three indicators decreased, meaning green tea was able to reduce the symptoms of periodontal disease. Researchers at the American Academy of Periodontology suggest that this is because green tea interferes with the body’s inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria, allowing it to fight off gum disease. And by protecting a person’s oral health, it also promotes overall body health. Cheers!