Top Tip: Green tea can help gum disease

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Dental Tip of the day!

Green tea lovers can rejoice, because of all the antioxidants in the tea, it can help to reduce the risk of gum disease by reducing inflammation in the body.

A Japanese survey of almost 1,000 men found that those who drank green tea regularly had healthier gums than those who didn’t. A German study also found similar positive results in people who were asked to chew candies containing green-tea extracts.

Gum disease is a common condition, and one that many may have without even knowing it. It can cause gums to become swollen, sore or infected. If you have gum disease, your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and you may have bad breath. This stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis.

If gingivitis is not treated, a condition called periodontitis can develop. This affects the tissues that support teeth and hold them in place, meaning that if periodontitis is not treated, the bone in your jaw can decay and small spaces can open up between the gum and teeth. Your teeth can become loose and may eventually fall out.

At the Exeter Dental Centre dental hygiene is at the cornerstone of what we do. We are lucky to work with a great team of dental hygienists and exclusively with Dr Hilary Cooke, the only Specialist Periodontist in Devon.

Call us on 01392 272350 to discuss booking an hygiene appointment with our direct access hygienists or a consultation with Dr Hilary Cooke.