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Tea and Teeth How the Brew Works Dental Wonders: (Source: IDA Times)
Here’s some good news for your teeth: the antioxidants present in tea provide health benefits and the brew is also known for not having any erosive effect on the precious pearly whites. Hence, research proves that tea may be the best companion for your teeth.
While refined sugars and acids found in soda and citrus juice promote tooth erosion, brewed tea is a beverage that does not produce such irreversible results. Lime extracts and such sugars wear away the hard part of the teeth, or the enamel. Once tooth enamel is lost, it’s gone forever.
Apart from tasting good, brewed tea has many health benefits. Tea is loaded with natural antioxidants, which are thought to decrease incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
The study comparing green and black tea to soda and orange juice in terms of their short and long-term erosive effect on teeth found that the erosive effect of tea was similar to that of water, which has no erosive effect. And, when comparing green versus black, it was discovered that there is a better option among those as well.
Much research done overseas, in countries such as Japan and Europe, found that green tea was identified to being superior over black due to its natural flavonoids, i.e. plant nutrients and antioxidants.
Experts suggest drinking tea without additives such as milk, lemon or sugar because they combine with tea’s natural flavonoids and decrease the benefits.
It is also suggested that you stay away from prepackaged iced teas because they contain citric acid and high amounts of sugars. It does not matter whether the tea is warm or cold – as long as it is home brewed without additives.