We all want our children to have healthy habits that last a lifetime. The best way to ensure they do that is to model them ourselves. With the preponderance of evidence demonstrating the negative effects of soda and sport drinks on teeth and overall health, we would be well-advised as parents to follow a different route.
A beverage that has been shown to have great positive effects on dental and overall health is green tea. According to a 2009 study, drinking at least one cup of green tea a day can offer protection against gum disease, helping to decrease both gum recession and bleeding. The researchers suggested that the antioxidants found in green tea may be responsible for slowing down the effects of gum disease, as well as helping lead to a lower instance of periodontal disease. It is believed that antimicrobial molecules called catechins present in green tea are what provide the benefit. Catechins have been shown to kill mouth bacteria associated with tooth decay and gum disease.
If that’s not enough encouragement, drinking green tea may also lower your chances of oral cancer. By analyzing the results of 19 recent studies, a 2014 meta-analysis found a significantly lower risk of oral cancer among participants who drank green tea.
Adding this warm beverage to your daily routine may not only provide you with a calming experience in your busy day, it will improve your overall health and that of the next generation!