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Black tea ‘is good for oral health’


Black tea 'is good for oral health'Individuals taking measures to prevent needing emergency dentistry could drink black tea to stop the development of potentially harmful bacteria.

Dr Carrie Ruxton from the Tea Adivisory Panel has urged people to drink the beverage on a regular basis in a bid to kill bacteria in the mouth that could lead to problems.

Her advice comes after researchers claimed that black tea offers the same range of health benefits as green because they are derived from the same plant, Camellia sinensis.

The findings, set to be published in Network Health Dieticians, also suggest that the product could improve cardiovascular health and prevent diabetes.

Ms Ruxton stated that drinking tea was a significant part of British culture where people like to sit down with a cup, relax and catch up on the latest events.

"Tea [contains] flavonoids have [that] potent anti-bacterial properties and can kill bacteria in the mouth which cause tooth decay. Tea also contains some fluoride which protects tooth enamel." ADNFCR-2621-ID-800707703-ADNFCR

Avoid emergency dentistry by encouraging saliva production


Avoid emergency dentistry by encouraging saliva productionBritons could improve their chances of avoiding the need for emergency dentistry by eating foods that encourage saliva production.

This is according to the dieticians and doctors making up the Tea Advisory Panel (TAP), who have offered a reminder that saliva has a natural protective effect on teeth.

Dr Carrie Ruxton, a member of TAP, said this means foods such as apples, celery and carrots are good for oral health, while chewing gum after snacking was also recommended.

Other foodstuffs which offer protection for the teeth include items with high calcium and phosphorus content, including milk, cheese and yoghurt, while sugary items should generally be kept to a minimum.

Dr Ruxton also offered a reminder of the importance of brushing teeth every morning and night with fluoride toothpaste.

The advice comes after TAP highlighted a study earlier this month showing that an ingredient found in black tea can help to protect against periodontal disease.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800589476-ADNFCR

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