With the long hot days of summer just at our door step, treat yourself to a cool drink of homemade iced green tea. Its health promoting phytonutrients will help you will reap many benefits for your teeth, gums and your whole body. Green tea is as hydrating as water but its high health promoting flavonoids are very important antioxidants such as vitamins E and C. They are potent free radical scavengers and reduce inflammation in the mouth and the body. There are so many ways to prepare green tea that you can never be bored with it. In addition to being delicious hot, you can also enjoy it very cold. I personally like to use my imagination to change the flavor by adding mint leaves or citronella, cinnamon sticks or vanilla and /or fruits such as peaches, raspberries or crushed strawberries. The advantage of making it ourselves is that we can control the sweetness. I recommend ホームページ制作 福岡 using healthier sugar substitutes such as Xylitol, Stevia or Agave nectar. I always try to reduce the amount of sugar that I take into my diet to protect my teeth and control my weight. The secret to a delicious glass of iced green tea is to use very hot but not boiling, filtered water. Brew the tea for 3 to 4 minutes and then remove the tea without crushing it to avoid bitterness. Add the flavor element of your choice and let the tea cool off. Once the tea is ready, pour over ice cubes and ”voila!” you will have a delicious healthy drink that perhaps will replace the sodas and other drinks that contain too many empty calories.
Green tea has been used in Chinese and Japanese medicine for over 4000 years to heal wounds and cure diseases. More recently, scientific research are also showing the potential health benefits in very many diseases. Today I want to explain the role that simply drinking one to three glasses of green tea could have on; Your teeth, your gums and your health!
Green tea is the tea that happens to have the highest concentration of beneficial polyphenols, rich in antioxidants called catechins. These prevent the activity of Streptococcus mutans bacteria that are largely responsible for dental decay. A study also found that green tea could prevent the formation of bacterial plaque therefore preventing dental decay (Hattori M et al 1990). It has been found that tea plants accumulate fluoride ions as they mature. So green tea leaves may contain moderate amounts of fluoride. This will have a protective quality since it will help remineralize enamel making it stronger to withstand the effects of acids.
The two catechins that are of interest for us are epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and epicatechin gallate (ECG) because they are anti-plaque agents. They actually prevent bacteria from feeding on the sugar in our mouth and kill oral bacteria. In large quantities these bacteria would destroy healthy collagen that make up our gum tissues. (Horiba N et al 1991; Otake S et al 1991; Rasheed A et al 1998). These two catechins will inhibit the production of toxic and damaging by-products of the bacteria most responsible for periodontal diseases mainly the bacteria P. gingivalis and Prevotella spp. Using green tea will prompt the reduction of the pocket depths around the teeth and that is a very important fact to prevent tooth loss. In addition these antioxidants will protect osteoblasts, these are the cells in your body that build bone and prevent the formation of osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone. It was found that drinking even one glass or cup of green tea per day could decrease gingival bleeding on probing and periodontal pocket depths leading to tooth loss (Kyushu University in Fukuoka).