As dentists at Rideau Dental Centre, your oral health is our top priority. We are always interested in how we can help maintain or improve the health of your teeth and gums. Our primary focus is usually on brushing, flossing and regular dental visits.

However, we are also interested in other avenues that can help with your oral health. And that often includes lifestyle and nutrition.

The decisions we make in terms of what we eat or the lifestyle we live can have a profound impact upon our oral health. For instance, smoking and alcohol consumption greatly increase the risk of developing oral cancer. Foods that are sugary or particularly acidic contribute significantly to tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Eliminating or at least reducing our consumption of some of these products, which are detrimental to good oral health, is one of our goals. However, improving our oral health is not always about what we can eliminate from our lifestyles. What we can add is equally important.

To than end, the anti-oxidants found in green tea appear to be highly beneficial. Specifically, the anti-oxidant known as catechin is believed to be the primary reason behind the positive oral health effects of green tea.

Catechin is known for its anti-inflammatory impact upon the body. This makes it an ideal foil for periodontal disease.

Essentially, periodontal disease is a chronic, inflammatory disease that affects the gums, teeth, as well as the bone and connective tissue in the mouth. It is believed that catechin’s anti-inflammatory properties interfere with the inflammatory effects of periodontal disease.

The results from one study in particular are of great interest. This study involved 940 male subjects. Of particular interest were the group aged 49 to 59. They were studied for three primary indicators of periodontal disease: pocket depth, loss of gum tissue and bleeding on probing.

For every cup of green tea consumed, researchers observed a reduction in all three of the primary indicators. This suggests a potential link between consumption of green tea and periodontal health.

It is important to point out that this study is not conclusive. Nor does it negate the importance of the traditional methods of protecting your oral health, namely, brushing, flossing and visiting us at Rideau Dental Centre on a regular basis.

However, it is interesting to note that some of the decisions we make on a daily basis can potentially have such a positive impact upon our oral health. Because making the right nutritional decisions is a healthy habit…and healthy habits lead to healthy lives.

Dr. Peter Georgopoulos

Dental Surgeon