Great news for tea lovers! You now have one more reason to take your favourite beverage: scientists have discovered that black tea and green tea can interfere with the process of developing cavities and gum disease.
Here are the roles that may play:
Certain bacteria in the mouth break down sugary substances on the surfaces of the teeth, releasing acid, which results in holes or cavities. Some other bacteria are responsible for irritating the gums and destroying the tissues that hold the teeth in place.
Tea contains some substances that can help destroy these bacteria, reducing the occurrence of cavities and gum problems.
Plaque is that white cheesy stuff that gathers on your teeth in the time between your brushes. It contains a whole lot of bacteria, some of which cause tooth decay and gum disease. Black tea has been found to help reduce the ability of bacteria to stick together and even, of the amount of plaque that can adhere to your teeth. This is a huge one for preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
Neither black nor green tea has been found to have any significant erosive effect on teeth. This is unlike coffee, soft drinks and many commercially available drinks. Erosion results in thinner, weaker teeth, which may be more susceptible to decay. A note of caution however: adding lemon /lime to your tea or taking those citric acid containing ice tea mixes can result in erosion.
It is not enough to gulp down several cups of tea regularly. You need to observe a good daily oral hygiene routine. You also should see a dentist at least once or twice in a year for a check and for cleaning. We recommend Nene dental centre. We know how to take care of your teeth. Do visit our clinic at 26, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos today.
Dr. Olatunde Asagba is an alumna of the dental school at the prestigious University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is passionate about public health issues and is actively involved in expanding healthcare access through telemedicine.