Green Tea good for gums

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 problems.

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.