Green Tea: An Unsung Hero in the Fight Against Gum Disease


Gum disease is the most prevalent disorder in America, and yet no one ever talks about it. Well, Dr. Boyle and the team at Tab A. Boyle, DDS Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry are about to change that. Gum disease will take your smile away if you let it, but you may have an ally in the battle you didn’t even know about. That ally is green tea, and it may help you in your fight against gum disease every time you drink it.


Gum Disease Facts

With gum disease being as prominent as it is in our nation, it is amazing how little people actually know about the disease. Here are the three main things you need to know about gum disease (or periodontal disease):


  • #1 reason for adult tooth loss – That’s right, you’re looking at the No. 1 killer of adult teeth when you see gum disease. It causes catastrophic damage to your gum tissue and bone in the later stages of the disease. This damage leads to loose, shifting teeth that will eventually fall out if corrective action is not taken quickly. Your adult teeth are supposed to stay in your mouth for the duration of your lifetime, and this disease is the biggest culprit of stealing them prematurely.


  • Half of everyone will get it – That’s right, 1 out of every 2 people will suffer from a form of gum disease. If you are over the age of 65, that number rises to more than 70 percent. That is a whole lot of adults suffering from a disease that can literally steal the teeth right out of your smile.


  • Easily overlooked – The most important fact about this disease is that it is easily overlooked. That’s why almost half of the population in the United States will have this disease. Gingivitis, the early (pre-periodontitis) stage, is indicated by your gums becoming inflamed and red. You may experience bleeding gums after brushing your teeth or flossing. This is not normal. Your gums are not supposed to bleed after brushing or flossing. Sadly, many people do not see the inflamed or bleeding red gums as the warning signs that they are. You need to know that if you are experiencing red, irritated gums or easily bleed from routine home care like brushing and flossing, you are in very real danger of developing more serious gum disease.


Note: Gum disease always starts as gingivitis, but not all gingivitis will become full-blown gum disease. The sooner you treat your gum issues, the better off your teeth and entire smile will be. Call Dr. Boyle today to schedule an appointment if you think you may have gum disease.


Green Tea to the Rescue

If you want to burn belly fat, you are told that green tea is a great way to help do so. While that may be true, there is another benefit to this wonderful beverage. Green tea has also been shown to help your body fight against gum disease. In fact, it may help fight against three strains of P. gingivalis. So that we eliminate any confusion, P. gingivalis is a bacteria that causes the infection known as periodontitis.


The study published in the Archives of Oral Biology in January 2016 shows that there is a direct link between the presence of catechins contained in green tea and improved effectiveness of antibiotics used to fight the bacteria, as well as the bacteria’s ability to spread to other cells. The study, conducted in Canada, was authored by Jade Fournier Larente, Marie-Pierre Morin, and Daniel Grenier. They studied the effects of green tea and its main catechin, EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), when introduced to the bacteria with the presence of antibiotics used to fight gum disease, namely metronidazole or tetracycline. They also measured how well the bacteria infected neighboring cells.


The antibiotics’ effectiveness was boosted by the presence of green tea, as well as when just EGCG was present, while the ability for the bacteria to express itself in other cells was diminished. Basically, they found that green tea helps the medication fight off the bacteria, and it also makes it harder for the bacteria to spread. These are both very good things when you are trying to fight off an infection that can take your teeth.


Call Dr. Boyle at our Lancaster, CA office today to schedule your consultation and help keep your teeth safe. You can reach us at 661-524-8457 to schedule your appointment. You can also schedule your appointment using our online form if you prefer. One of us will get in touch with you shortly.

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