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Is Tea the Coffee-Alternative for Better Health?

Family Dentistry Methuen MAFor the millions of coffee-lovers that are out there, we salute you. Anyone who has ever established a healthy coffee-drinking habit can attest to the dissatisfaction that coincides with trying to cut back. In recent years, we have heard a lot about the benefits of green tea, and yet the coffee drinker needs a better alternative if they’re serious about making a switch to a beverage with lower acidity and greater health benefits. Here, we want to point out what recent research is saying about high-quality teas, and how the coffee-lover might make some beneficial changes.

What High-Quality Tea can do for Your Oral Health

The magic ingredient in a high-quality tea like most green teas is catechin content. The catechins in tea have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that are beneficial to gum health. Black teas have been noted to prevent the buildup of plaque on teeth, and white tea varieties have been praised for being less likely to stain teeth. There are numerous varieties of teas, and that’s not even counting the many herbal teas that are popular today. Most of them, when compared to coffee, are less acidic. Because the mouth is already naturally acidic, routine consumption of beverages that are also acidic can spell trouble.

Tea Offers Multiple Benefits

Tea is a popular beverage because it can provide benefits like soothing a sore throat and soothing an upset tummy. A nice, steamy cup of tea with lemon and honey can also soothe the nerves after a long day. According to research, teas are also protective of the liver and brain because they fight oxidation. Studies also suggest that choosing tea over other beverages provides advantageous effects against high blood pressure, heart disease, dementia, and even cancer.

Cutting down or cutting out a coffee can take time and patience. Many who have made the transition report that they began to notice they felt calmer within just a few days of putting their coffee on the shelf. For the die-hard coffee lover who is hesitant to give up the flavor they have come to love, Teecino or dandelion tea may be an ideal alternative. For many people, though, a switch to a rich, spicy, or even fruity herbal tea is much easier than they imagined.

Must you give up coffee to have a healthy mouth? No. We’re here to help you preserve your teeth and gums with personal dental care centered around your needs. For scheduling assistance, call our Windham or Methuen office today.