is great news for children, who need significant amounts of fluoride in order for tooth
enamel to harden properly. When teeth harden properly in our youth, it protects us
from cavities throughout our lives.

However, even for adults, whose teeth are fully formed, tea's fluoride is a great way
to protect your teeth. The fluoride found in tea has been shown to inhibit the growth
of glucosyltransferase. This substance helps the plaque that naturally forms to adhere
to our teeth.

Dentists in the UK have also reported that black tea disables certain forms of bacteria
that work with sugars to form clumpy aggregates that stick to teeth. These dentists
believe that drinking black tea reduces the total mass of dental plaque.

In addition, one study has suggested that green tea may inhibit the enzyme that
causes plaque to form in the first place. Plaque is formed when an enzyme in your
mouth mixes with sugar in the food you eat.

This study, reported by the UK Tea Council, looked at a sweet drink offered by a
gourmet coffee house. This drink included sugar and whipped cream, but also included
green tea. When the teeth of those who consumed this beverage were evaluated and
compared to those who consumed heavily sweetened drinks that did not include
green tea, the results were significant.

Even when the participants consumed the same amount of sugar, those whose drinks
contained green tea did not have the same amount of plaque formation as those
whose drinks were made with something other than green tea, leading researchers to
conclude that green tea has a cleansing effect on the teeth.

And, for those of us concerned about bad breath, green tea may have good news, as
well. Green tea also inhibits the growth of many of the bacteria that cause bad
breath. So, drinking green tea on a regular basis may help keep your breath naturally
sweet.

Not getting your daily dose of tea? Here are some simple ways to increase the
amount of tea you're getting each day.






Green or Black?

If you're wondering whether you should be drinking green tea or black tea, you're
asking a good question. Both are healthy, but there are significant differences
between the two.

Black tea is fermented during processing, which changes the natural anti-oxidant
compounds. While black tea does contain anti-oxidants, and does offer many
healthful benefits, those natural, unfermented anti-oxidant compounds in green tea
are healthier.

Research has shown over and over that green tea's anti-oxidants have significant
power to protect health. Green tea has been shown to prevent cancer, heart disease
and Alzheimer's disease and to help reduce premature aging.

So, while black tea is definitely good for you, and is protective to your teeth, for the
maximum overall health benefits, get your daily dose of green tea. Many scientists
today suggest that for the maximum benefit to your dental health, you combine the
two. Both are delicious and refreshing, making a wonderful drink any time of day. It
may be one of the simplest ways you can protect your health - and your smile.


About The Author

Jon M. Stout is the Chairman of the Golden Moon Tea Company. Golden Moon Tea
carefully selects the finest rare and orthodox teas, which are processed slowly and
handcrafted with extreme care. At their website, you can learn more about their
current
offerings, including their exceptional green tea [http://www.
goldenmoontea.com/greentea/], white tea, black tea, oolong tea (also known as wu-
long and wu long tea [http://www.goldenmoontea.com/wu-long/]) and chai. Visit
goldenmoontea.com for all details concerning the Golden Moon Tea Company's fine
line of teas.
Protect Your Teeth - Drink Green Tea
by Jon Stout
Dental health is important to all
of us. We buy special toothpaste,
mouthwash, dental floss and
rinsing agents to help ensure that
our smile is white, our teeth are
cavity free and our breath is
fresh. But, did you know that
drinking tea may be one of the
best (and simplest) things you
can do to protect your teeth?

Well, it's true. Tea has been
shown to offer protection to our
teeth. Tea is a natural source of
fluoride, which is known to
protect against tooth decay. This
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