China Green Tea can Strengthen Gums and Teeth
A study recently published in the Journal of Periodontology, the official publication of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), uncovered another benefit of China green tea consumption. Researchers found that routine intake of green tea may also help promote healthy teeth and gums.
With origins dating back over 4,000 years, China green tea has long been a popular beverage in Chinese culture, and is increasingly gaining popularity in the United States. And while ancient Chinese and Japanese medicine believed green tea consumption could cure disease and heal wounds, recent scientific studies are beginning to establish the potential health benefits of drinking China green tea, especially in weight loss, heart health, and cancer prevention.
The study analyzed the periodontal health of 940 men, and found that those who regularly drank China green tea had superior periodontal health than subjects that consumed less China green tea.
" It has been long speculated that China green tea possesses a host of health benefits," said study author Dr. Yoshihiro Shimazaki of Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. "And since many of us enjoy China green tea on a regular basis, my colleagues and I were eager to investigate the impact of China green tea consumption on periodontal health, especially considering the escalating emphasis on the connection between periodontal health and overall health."
Male participants aged 49 through 59 were examined on three indicators of periodontal disease: periodontal pocket depth (PD), clinical attachment loss (CAL) of gum tissue, and bleeding on probing (BOP) of the gum tissue. Researchers observed that for every one cup of China green tea consumed per day, there was a decrease in all three indicators, therefore signifying a lower instance of periodontal disease in those subjects who regularly drank China green tea.
China green tea's ability to help reduce symptoms of periodontal disease may be due to the presence of the antioxidant catechin.