Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Dental Health and Green Tea

Green tea is regularly consumed immediately after meals in Asia. Streptococcus mutans are bacteria that cause dental cavities. The bacteria reacts with sugars to produce a sticky plaque that coats the teeth. Laboratory tests revealed that the catechins in even one cup of green tea can destroy and inhibit the Streptococcus mutans. Green tea contains chlorophyll and flavanoids that can kill the oral bacteria that causes bad breath. Just another reason to enjoy a cup of green tea after each meal!


Anonymous said...

I recently read something about green tea mouthwash that can be made at home. Mix cold green tea and vodka together in a glass jar.
Just make sure not to drink it-only rinse. Joe

TeaBar said...

Hello. I looked into the mouthwash recipe and you are right- it can be made with vodka. Also, try adding a drop or two of clove oil. Thanks for the idea!