Drinking Green Tea May Be Relaxing, but It Could Also Be Good for Your Teeth.

A study that examined the dental health of 940 men found that those who regularly drank green tea had better oral health than those who didn't. Men between the ages of 49 and 59 were examined on three indicators of gum disease, and researchers found that for every cup of green tea consumed per day, a decrease in all three indicators occurred.

"Any new study which brings dental healthcare into the spotlight is a step in the right direction," said Dr. Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation. "Like any study of a relatively small number of people we can never be certain of the results — but because tea is relatively cheap and easily available, we must take notice of studies of this type, and we at the foundation will continue to watch and report on this and similar stories."

The study was published in the Journal of Periodontology, the official publication of the American Academy of Periodontology. The British Dental Health Foundation has previously reported on studies that show a connection between drinking green tea and decreasing the growth of cancer cells in the body.

Regular dental checkups are important in the early detection of oral cancer, according to the American Dental Association.

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