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According to a recent study published in the Journal of Periodontology, routine consumption of green tea can help promote superior dental health.
In the study, Japanese researchers analyzed the oral health of 940 men based on three indicators of periodontal disease: clinical attachment loss of gum tissue, periodontal pocket depth and bleeding upon probing of the gum tissue.
The research team found that every cup of green tea consumed was associated with an additional decrease in all three symptoms related to periodontal disease.
"Periodontists believe that maintaining healthy gums is absolutely critical to maintaining a healthy body," says Dr David Cochran, chair of the department of periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
"That is why it is so important to find simple ways to boost periodontal health, such as regularly drinking green tea - something already known to possess certain health-related benefits," he added.
Although researchers have been unable to pinpoint the exact mechanism responsible for the reduction of symptoms, they speculate that the antioxidants in green tea are capable of reducing the body's inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria in the mouth.
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