It is an unusual thought to pair tea drinking with dental health, as it is more commonly known that drinking tea and coffee supposedly stains teeth. That may very well be the case for some teas and coffee, but when it comes to white tea, the affects on teeth are the complete opposite.
White tea contains fluorides and flavonoids which are each beneficial to the teeth and gums in different ways. Fluoride is a natural compound that protects the teeth from tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel. And flavonoids are plant metabolites that are said to prevent the growth of plaque bacteria. When drinking a tea that contains both fluorides and flavonoids, it makes sense that your teeth and gum health will strengthen right?
Yes! Right! And we have found a study that proves exactly this. A study was conducted by Professor Dr. Milton Schiffenbauer and students at Dyson College, New York, that tested the the effects white tea had on dental health. What they found was quite remarkable!
This study found that white tea extract killed viruses and destroyed bacteria that cause infections such as strep throat, pneumonia, and cavities in teeth. “Past studies have shown that green tea stimulates the immune system to fight disease,” says Milton Schiffenbauer, a microbiologist and professor in the biology department and primary author of the research.“Our new research shows white tea extract (WTE) can actually destroy in vitro the organisms that cause disease."
The results from this study lead to experimentation with white tea extract in toothpaste with companies such as, Aim, Aquafresh, Colgate, Crest, and Orajel. The results proved that adding white tea extract to the toothpaste enhanced its anti-viral and anti-bacterial effects on teeth and gums.
So basically, drinking white tea will be sure to keep your dental health up to scratch, which will hopefully result in less money spent at the dentist, we all know what those dental bills can look like!
The health benefits of drinking white tea are endless and the studies continue. Everyday we are learning more and more about this powerful beverage! Its time you gave it a go yourself.
"Study after study with tea extract proves that it has many healing properties.This is not an old wives’ tale, it’s a fact.” - Dr Milton Schiffenbauer