Black Tea and Tooth Decay
Posted by Susan Lutfallah on June 6, 2009
Drinking black tea may prevent tooth decay – several studies have indicated that the polyphenols found in the refreshing brew can impede or completely suppress tooth decay!
Scientists at the University of Illinois found that the bacteria present in dental plaque simply stopped growing when people rinsed their mouths with black tea!
Briefly, the research found that the polyphenol components of black tea fight dental plaque, a complex material composed of 300 different species of acid-secreting bacteria. Unfortunately, these bacterial plaques can stick to teeth, and can eat away at the protective enamel.
Similarly, a separate study by Swedish scientists also found that people who rinsed their mouths with black tea accumulated significantly less bacterial plaque than a comparable group who rinsed their mouths with only water.
So, if you’re an avid black tea drinker, you can rest easy knowing that your healthy habit is fighting the plaque causing bacteria that can ruin your teeth!