Black tea is one of those “super foods” that you may want to consider working into your daily diet. It is good for digestion, cardiovascular health, cancer prevention and so much more! But did you know that drinking black tea is also beneficial for your oral health?

Black Tea and Your Oral Health

Like any other type of tea, black tea has plenty of nutrients in it other than caffeine. It contains proteins, potassium, major minerals and carbohydrates as well as amino acids and fluoride. Fluoride, as you may be aware, is beneficial in strengthening the enamel of your teeth, so consuming black tea on a regular basis can not only boost your immune system due to the powerful antioxidants in the tea, but it can improve your overall oral health!

Another one of the benefits of black tea is that it contains complex flavonoids and this aids in disease prevention. There are about 200 milligrams of flavonoids in a single cup of black tea! Considering that doctors strongly recommend that we get 600 milligrams of flavonoids per day, drinking a couple cups of black tea can help you reach that goal easily.

Perhaps you have heard the old wives tale that if you drink black tea, you will have fresh breath? Well, it is true! It aids in freshening your breath and cleaning your mouth. Not only that, the polyphenols and tannins kill the ever present bacteria that are in your mouth, which helps reduce your risk for tooth decay and help reduce your risk for oral cancer.

If you are a tea drinker already, we strongly suggest that you make the switch to black tea to boost not only your oral health, but your overall health and immune system. Remember that if you prefer your tea sweetened, sugars can counteract the positive benefits of black tea, so please consider adjusting to drinking unsweetened tea.

Call us today and schedule your next checkup and ask us about the benefits of black tea!