Most people know that tea and coffee can stain your teeth. If you have had veneers put on your teeth or have had teeth whitening procedures performed, we would have advised you to stay away from tea and coffee. After all, you are whitening your teeth to remove the stains and to continue to consume a beverage that causes the stains, it is a losing battle for you.
In addition, most teas contain caffeine, which dehydrates you. This, in turn, prevents your saliva from flowing and doing its job. But, is there anything in tea that can help your oral health? Recent studies show that it is possible that tea can be good for your teeth.
What Makes Tea Help Your Teeth?
For starters, most teas contain fluoride. Fluoride is a substance that helps to prevent plaque from forming. Fluoride is also in toothpaste and is added to most municipal water supplies due to its healthy effect on your teeth.
The studies that were done look at white tea, black tea, green tea, and Oolong tea. All teas contain flavonoids. Flavonoids have anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. These properties may reduce periodontal disease and assist in recovering after periodontal therapy.
Each type of tea has different amounts of flavonoids and different types. For example, green tea has a flavonoid called EGCG which is not in the other teas. Herbal teas, on the other hand, are not a product of the tea plant and therefore have no caffeine, but they also contain flavonoids.
So, What Do I Drink? What tea you drink depends entirely on you, your regular diet and how you hydrate yourself. If you choose to drink black or Oolong tea you will put yourself at risk of the tea staining your teeth. We wouldn't recommend these teas if you want whiter teeth or have veneers in place. Green tea is good as long as you sufficiently hydrate yourself to combat the dehydration effects of caffeine.
If you are taking medications that dehydrate you or give you “cotton mouth” you should avoid the teas with caffeine or drink them in moderation. If you have any questions about this come in and we can go over your typical diet and advise you on the tea that is best for you.
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