Many of us could use a little pick-me-up in the morning, and coffee is largely the drink we turn to. Sure, it causes tooth stains and bad breath, but go into any Starbucks on your way to work and you’ll see a packed house. But what if I told you that switching from coffee to green tea could help you improve your oral health and reduce your visits to the dentist?
Green Tea and Overall Health
Green tea has been consumed for centuries due to its medicinal benefits, which includes improve heart health, regulating body temperature, promoting digestion, and improving mental processes. In America, black tea is often the tea of choice, but it contains far fewer antioxidants and more caffeine. The unfermented leaves of green tea, on the other hand, contain much higher concentrations of polyphenol and catechin—important antioxidants—which are important for treating high cholesterol, cancer, diabetes, liver disease, and more.
Green Tea and Oral Health
Besides supporting your overall health, research has also shown that green tea can:
- Reduce periodontal inflammation
- Kill oral cancer cells
- Inhibit the formation of plaque
- Repel odor-causing bacteria
If your daily routine involves one or more cups of coffee, give green tea a chance to see what kind of difference it could make in your life.