Green Tea Cure Bad Breath
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Green tea cure bad breath and prevents tooth decay. It destroys bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections and other dental conditions.



Have a sweet tooth and can't seem to brush your teeth often enough? Tea can help. Unlike soft drinks, it is alkaline and non-erosive.

Green tea is a good source of fluoride. One cup of brewed green tea contains around 0.3 to 0.5 mg of fluoride, an optimal level of fluoride according to dentists.

Fluoride builds in our teeth enamel, making it more resistant against acids.

Tea compounds have also been found to destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions. Tea extracts are used to make toothpaste and mouthwash.

Pace University Study

A 2003 study conducted by US microbiologist, Milton Schiffenbauer, of Pace University found that caffeinated green tea is better than caffeinated black tea at fighting viruses.

Decaffeinated blends were less effective as anti-viral agents.

"Our research shows tea extracts can destroy the organism that causes disease," he told a conference in Washington DC.

"If we can stimulate the immune system and at the same time we are destroying the organisms, then it makes sense to drink more tea."

The study was presented at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in 2003.

University Of Illinois Study

Another 2001 study looked at how tea slowed the growth of bacteria associated with bad breath.

"Besides inhibiting the growth of pathogens in the mouth, black tea and its polyphenols may benefit human oral health by suppressing the bad-smelling compounds that these pathogens produce," said Christine Wu of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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References

BBC News 20 May 2003. Tea 'May Fight Tooth Decay'. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3043581.stm.

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