Loved by many, green tea has many benefits to your health. In fact, Asian cultures have sworn by the beverage for over 4,000 years, believing it to hold special properties that help heal wounds and cure sickness. Although green tea is not a miracle cure for anything, modern science has proven ancient legend correct: green tea does, indeed, contain properties that can benefit your overall and oral health. Waco dentist, Dr. Corbet Locke, explains the ways that green tea can help you keep your mouth clean and healthy.

The Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, which help your body fight off unwanted biological invaders that can cause infection and disease. Because it can efficiently control bacterial accumulation, drinking green tea regularly can help you ward off plaque formation and tooth decay. Green tea also has anti-inflammatory properties that can make it beneficial to your gum health. By reducing or preventing inflammation in your mouth, green tea can help you prevent the destruction that gum disease causes. One of the more tangible benefits to drinking green tea on a regular basis is better-smelling breath. Bad breath is typically caused by oral bacteria.

Keeping Your Mouth Healthy

With over 75{dcbe0cd52ce35e2f156887e14605e24111ce99c14f01d3853732956d43020bdd} of the population suffering from gum disease in varying degrees, the importance of maintaining a healthy mouth is more important than ever. Studies have shown that there is a definite correlation between the presence of oral health issues, like gum disease, and the presence of other systemic illnesses including heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Of course, drinking green tea, or any beverage, is not enough on its own to guarantee good oral health. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day and attending your dental checkup every six months are vital to maintaining proper dental hygiene. To learn more about protecting your oral health, schedule a consultation with Dr. Corbet Locke by calling our Waco dental office at (254) 776-4888. We welcome patients from Waco, Woodway, McGregor, Hewitt, and surrounding communities.