Camarillo dentist on the good and bad of black tea
By Charles E. Scholler, D.D.S.
November 27, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Black Tea: A Two-Way Street for Your Teeth
Ever heard someone say, “I got some good news and bad news, which one do you want first?” In regards to your teeth and gums, black tea has great and not-so-great effects. Check it out below!
Black Tea Fights Tooth Decay
Let’s start with the good news. A warm or hot (whichever you prefer) cup of black tea can have ten times the amount of antioxidants found in fruits. For many years, researchers have been focusing on the health benefits of black tea. The crushed and fermented tea leaves are rich in polyphenols (antioxidant).
The polyphenols in the tea leaves protect your body from free radicals; thus, studies have shown that black tea may reduce the risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, kidney stones and Parkinson’s disease. What we find very interesting is that black tea polyphenols can help prevent tooth decay. Back in May 2013, the Tea Trade Health Research Association conducted studies to determine that black tea reduced plaque accumulation. Apparently, black tea’s polyphenols cause a decrease in cavity-causing bacteria.
Drinking black tea doesn’t mean you should skimp on your oral health regiment. It’s important to follow all oral health instructions given by your dentist in Camarillo.
Black Tea Causes Tooth Discoloration
You might be sipping on black tea at this moment, and that is fine. Black tea may boost oral health, but it can also negatively affect the color of your teeth. Not all teas stain the teeth, but black tea does because of its rich stain-promoting tannins. When you drink black tea, it comes in contact with teeth, especially teeth located in the lower and upper front of the mouth. However, your Camarillo, CA dentist has some great tips, so you can enjoy black tea without worrying about stains.
- After drinking black tea, rinse your mouth out with water.
- Chew sugarfree gum to stimulate saliva, which helps fight cavities and remove excess food and beverage particles.
- Talk to Dr. Charles Scholler about deep bleaching options available here at his practice.
To schedule an appointment with your Camarillo dentist, call our office or submit an appointment form via our website. What flavor of tea is your favorite? Share your thoughts with us!