Did you know that daily consumption of tea and milk can positively impact your dental health? That’s right. And Live Science explains how:
Black and green teas contain polyphenols, which are compounds that slow bacteria growth related to cavities and gum disease. As a result, these teas, especially black teas, can fend off bad breath and plaque build-up on the teeth.
Regarding tea’s ability to ward off plaque build-up on your teeth, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago studied these benefits. They found that for those who used black tea to rinse their mouths for one minute 10 times each day, the amount, size, and stickiness of plaque build-up on teeth decreased.
Perhaps you remember your parents asking you to drink a glass of milk each day, or perhaps you areone of these parents now. Rest assured—there is wisdom in this habit, and for your dental health too!
In particular, drinking a glass of milk after eating a dessert or any type of sugary food can help protect your teeth. Milk works to neutralize acid from plaque bacteria. (Hint: Cheese can work in the same way.)
A study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association found that drinking a glass of milk after eating Fruit Loops decreased the acid level within the mouth. However, note that drinking milk with the Fruit Loops did not have the same effect because the milk becomes littered with sugar.
Also, don’t undermine the power of good, old-fashioned drinking water. Incorporating these drinks into your daily routine may just refresh your dental health.