Drink up and Hold Back the Years

2011 May 12
by Asha Sood

Not only does a healthy diet  maintain and promote a fitter and stronger body, it can also help you look  and feel younger.With its array of benefits, green tea seem to be a popular contender on the current list of health related consumption choices we should be considering.

Green tea has been a popular drink in Asian countries for many centuries where it has been hailed as an alternative and natural remedy for a wide range of diseases and illness. More recent scientific studies are also establishing link between green tea consumption,and in particular, cancer prevention, cardiac health and weight control.

But less well known is the link that choosing green tea as part of your daily beverage intake can improve your dental and gum health and give you a great smile. Assuming of course that you are flossing and brushing your teeth regularly because the downside is that tea, albeit mainly the ‘inferior’ brown variety, can stain your teeth.

For those already stained and not so pearly whites, there are ways to reverse the damage. A visit to your cosmetic dentist to discuss your options such as dental laser teeth whitening treatment would be a good start.

The smile benefits of green tea are due to the presence of polyphenols and antioxidants known as catechins; these are believed to promote healthier gums and teeth by preventing the production of plaque, which if left unaddressed, can lead to dental cavities and bleeding gums.

Another reason to include more of these green leaves on your menu to enhance your smile might be as a great replacement for enamel-destroying fizzy and sports drinks or acidic based citrus juices.

And although personal and cultural preferences might dictate whether it served up traditionally hot or cosmopolitan iced, either way green tea tastes pretty good too.

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