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Is Green Tea Good for Oral Health?

Is Green Tea Good for Oral Health?

Green tea has been used for its medicinal values for thousands of years. It has been widely used throughout Asia for its numerous benefits due to the antioxidants and polyphenols.

Now in vitro studies have shown that the polyphenols inhibit the growth of periodontal  disease pathogens which may contribute to gum disease.  Some have also  suggested that the antioxidant Catechin in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause tooth decay.

A recent study found that green tea as a chemopreventative agent is promising.  The amount of intake needed daily to receive these benefits is unknown.  For more information go to the following links:

http://www.drbicuspid.com/index.aspx?sec=nws&sub=rad&pag=dis&ItemID=303525

http://www.drbicuspid.com/index.aspx?sec=sup&sub=hyg&pag=dis&ItemID=301558

http://www.joponline.org/doi/abs/10.1902/jop.2009.080510

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