Antioxidants may help prevent gum disease

Antioxidants in green tea may help prevent gum disease A new study has found that compounds in green tea and many nutritional supplements appear to reduce the inflammation associated with periodontal disease.

Scientists from Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, analyzed the impact of green tea on male participants aged 49-59 with varying levels of periodontal disease.

They observed that for every cup of green tea consumed daily, the three symptoms of the condition – including periodontal pocket depth, clinical attachment loss of gum tissue and bleeding – showed significant decrease.

The researchers believe that the antioxidant catechin is responsible for these beneficial effects.

Antioxidants have the ability to reduce inflammation in the body, therefore green tea may help promote periodontal health and prevent further disease.

“[H]ealthy gums is absolutely critical to maintaining a healthy body,” says Dr. David Cochran, chair of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

He adds, “That is why it is so important to find simple ways to boost periodontal health, such as regularly drinking green tea – something already known to possess certain health-related benefits.”

The study adds to a growing body of evidence regarding the benefits of drinking green tea, especially in weight loss and control, heart health and cancer prevention.