A study published in the March issue of the Journal of Periodontology reveals that an antioxident in green tea called catechin appears to reduce inflammation associated with periodontal disease.
Antioxidants have the ability to reduce inflammation in the body, adding to growing evidence regarding the benefits of drinking green tea, especially in weight loss and control, heart health and cancer prevention.
Green tea may help promote periodontal health and over-all good health by reducing inflammation throughout the body and limiting the growth of certain bacteria associated with gum disease.
The Japanese study observed that for every cup of green tea consumed each day by men aged 49-59, there was a decrease in periodontal pocket depth, loss of gum tissue, and bleeding gums, the three periodontal disease indicators that the researchers examined.
“Periodontists believe that maintaining healthy gums is absolutely critical to maintaining a healthy body," says Dr. David Cochran, chair of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center. "That is why it is so important to find simple ways to boost periodontal health, such as regularly drinking green tea - something already known to possess certain health-related benefits."
Drinking green tea is no substitute for good oral health habits and regular dental visits.