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Green tea may improve dental health
Updated: 3/6/2009 5:00:11 PM

Green tea may improve dental health Before administering a nightly teeth cleaning, one may want to make a cup of green tea as a way to promote good dental health.

A new study, published in the Journal of Periodontology, has found the routine intake of green tea may promote the health of teeth and gums.
Researchers examined the periodontal health of 940 men and found those who drank green tea had significantly better dental health when compared to those who drank less green tea.

"[S]ince many of us enjoy green tea on a regular basis, my colleagues and I were eager to investigate the impact of green tea consumption on periodontal health, especially considering the escalating emphasis on the connection between periodontal health and overall health," said study author Dr. Yoshihiro Shimazaki of Kyushu University in Japan.

The participants, aged 49 to 59, were examined on three indicators of periodontal disease: periodontal pocket depth, clinical attachment loss of gum tissue and bleeding gums. From the study, researchers concluded that for every one cup of green tea consumed per day, there was a decrease in all three indicators.

Periodontal disease attacks below one's gum line and, without proper dental care, can lead to serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

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