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Green tea may boost dental health

Looking for a caffeine boost? Consider swapping out your daily coffee for a cup of green tea. The brewed drink may improve your oral health.

Regularly drinking green tea can protect against cavities, gum disease and bad breath, according to one study that compiled research on the beverage’s oral health effects. The study indicated that green tea may reduce oral bacteria which, in turn, can promote the health of teeth and gums.

Did you know?

Drinking green tea may lower your chance of developing oral cancer. Researchers also noted a significantly lower risk of oral cancer among individuals who drank green tea.

What to watch out for:

•  Did you know that teas contain tannin? It’s a yellow or brownish substance found in plants that gives tea its color. It can also stain your teeth. To help reduce this, brush your teeth or rinse your mouth after drinking tea.

• Sweet or acidic add-ins can erode your teeth and make you more prone to cavities. For the healthiest drink, skip the lemon, sugar and honey.

Last updated February 15, 2022

The oral health information on this website is intended for educational purposes only. Always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health.