Green Tea good for gums by Phillip Hogan
Green tea could help fight gum disease and reduce the
effects of receding and bleeding gums, according to recent research
carried out in Japan.
Just one cup of green tea a day can help to reduce the effects
of gum disease, which is said to be caused by an inflammatory
response to bacteria in the mouth.
Antioxidants contained within the tea help to fight the
inflammation caused by periodontal disease.
The study focused on a group of 940 Japanese men, aged between
49 and 59. Tests were carried out to discover the group's
periodontal health, going on to measure the correlation between
participants with serious, minor, and no gum disease against the
amount of green tea that was drank by the studies
participants. The results showed an association between
intake of green tea and reduced risk of periodontal disease,
suggesting that the men within the study that drank one cup of
green tea a day were less likely to suffer from gum or periodontal
The Researchers within the study, which was published in the
Journal of Periodontology in May, carried out a comprehensive
medical examination. Participants' gums were tested and examined to
discover the probing depth (PD), clinical attachment loss (AL), and
bleeding on probing (BOP). Results showed a 0.023-mm decrease in
mean PD (P< 0.05), a 0.028-mm decrease in the mean clinical AL
(P< 0.05), and a 0.63% decrease in BOP (P< 0.05). It is
believed that antioxidants contained within green tea help to fight
inflammation caused by periodontal disease, thus helping to prevent
gum disease and improve overall periodontal health.
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