tea can make your teeth stronger
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A cup of green
tea a day may keep the dentist away. That's the conclusion of a new study
published in Preventive Medicine, reports Discovery News.
Green tea contains antimicrobial molecules called catechins that may promote
dental health, researchers claim.
"Green tea may have bacteriocidal effects, which would affect teeth, but only if
you drink it without sugar," said Alfredo Morabia, of Columbia University in New
York and editor of Preventive Medicine, who wrote an editorial accompanying the
"They also reported that drinking sweet coffee was actually deleterious," he
added. "Coffee alone had no problem, but sweet coffee would actually make you
lose your teeth."
To reach the conclusion, Yasushi Koyama of the Tohoku University Graduate School
of Medicine and colleagues looked at more than 25,000 Japanese men and women
between age 40 and 64.
They found that men who drank at least one cup of tea a day were 19 percent less
likely to have fewer than 20 teeth (a full set including wisdom teeth is 32)
than those who did not drink green tea. Tea-drinking women had 13 percent lower
-ANI / Times of India