Regular consumption of green tea may help promote healthy teeth and gums, according to a recent study conducted in Japan.
Japanese researchers analyzed the periodontal health of 940 male subjects aged 49 to 59 to determine what effect the regular intake of green tea had on the subjects’ periodontal health as compared to subjects that consumed less of the popular beverage. Previous research has shown weight loss, heart health and cancer prevention to be among the potential benefits of drinking green tea.
For this study, researchers examined three indicators of periodontal disease: periodontal pocket depth, attachment loss of gum tissue and bleeding on probing of the gum tissues. They found that for each cup of green tea consumed each day there was a decrease in all three indicators, pointing to a lower incidence of periodontal disease in the subjects who regularly drank green tea.