Posted By: Rayelan [Send E-Mail]
Date: Saturday, 14-Jul-2012 13:40:39
Like many senior citizens, I am keenly interested in keeping the teeth I have left. For over a year now, I have been swishing organic sulfur around in my mouth and my dental cleanings have shown that I have virtually no plaque.
The other day I was drinking a cup of Aged Earl Grey tea. Without thinking I started swishing it around in my mouth like I do with the organic sulfur. What I noticed is when I rubbed my tongue over my teeth, they squeaked. Also, I could not feel the small line of plaque buildup at the base of my bottom teeth. This has always been the sure sign for me that I need to do something to get rid of the plaque. In my case, and for all the other people who use organic sulfur, this mean that I needed to brush my teeth with an electric toothbrush (manual just doesn't get the number of rotations needed).
This morning I caught myself swishing my black tea in my mouth. Sure enough, when I rubbed my tongue over my teeth, I could feel no plaque buildup and they squeaked.
This made me wonder if there was any research that linked black tea to the reduction of plaque. And sure enough, there were over 300,000 articles linking plaque and black tea.
I am not advocating giving up flossing, but it does appear that swishing with black tea can kill or suppress growth and acid production of cavity-causing bacteria in dental plaque.
I chose 4 articles from the 300,000 and am linking them here:
Black tea stopped dental plaque
Researchers from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry told microbiologists in Florida that black tea stopped dental plaque. Dr Christina Wu, who led the study, said: "Studies have suggested that consumption of green tea leads to reduction of dental cavities".
"However, less attention has been focused on black tea, the more popular drink in Western countries." The team found that compounds in black tea were capable of killing or suppressing growth and acid production of cavity-causing bacteria in dental plaque.
Their findings support a Swedish study that found rinsing the mouth with black tea reduced plaque build-up.
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Tea and Health
Not only is tea soothing and delicious, but, throughout its history, it has been associated with important health benefits. New studies point to evidence that these healing properties have a scientific basis. While all tea is healthy to drink, Green tea contains the highest level of polyphenols (flavonoids), which are known for their antioxidant activity.
Consumption of tea is being studied for its reported benefits on:
• Enhancing immune function
• Lowering LDL cholesterol levels
• Increasing HDL cholesterol levels
• Reducing blood pressure
• Thinning the blood, reducing the risk of a heart attack
• Lowering the risk of stroke
• Reducing the risk of cancer
• Boosting longevity
• Aiding digestion
• Preventing dental cavities and gingivitis
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Tea Fights Cavities, Reduces Plaque
ScienceDaily (May 23, 2001) — Drinking tea may help fight cavities. A group of researchers from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry believe that black tea and its components benefit oral healh by interfering with the harmful plaque bacteria in the mouth that cause gum disease and cavities. They report their results at the 101st General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Orlando, Florida.
TEA: Medical Benefits
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The latest medical research is finding potential healing powers in this ancient beverage. Recent research, for instance, suggests drinking tea may help prevent everything from cavities to Parkinson's disease. And some studies indicate it may even save lives.
The benefits of tea consumption may extend throughout the body, experts believe. Here is a partial list of conditions some research has shown may be prevented or improved by drinking tea:
Arthritis: Research suggests that older women who are tea drinkers are 60 percent less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than those who do not drink tea.
Bone Density: Drinking tea regularly for years may produce stronger bones. Those who drank tea on a regular basis for 10 or more years had higher-bone mineral density in their spines than those who had not.
Cancer: Green tea extracts were found to inhibit the growth of bladder cancer cells in the lab — while other studies suggest that drinking green tea protects against developing stomach and esophageal cancers.
Sipping on a cup of hot tea may be a safeguard against cancer. Population studies have linked the consumption of tea with a reduction in risk for several types of cancer. Researchers speculate that the polyphenols in tea may inhibit certain mechanisms that promote cancer growth. Both green and black teas have been credited with cancer-inhibiting powers.
Flu: You may be able to boost your fight against the flu with black tea.
Your best defense against contracting the flu is to wash your hands often and get vaccinated against the influenza virus. Black tea may further bolster your efforts to stay healthy. In a recent study, people who gargled with a black tea extract solution twice per day showed a higher immunity to flu virus compared to the people who did not gargle with black tea.
Heart Disease: A recent study published in the journal Circulation found that drinking more than two cups of tea a day decreased the risk of death following a heart attack by 44 percent. Even less spirited tea drinkers were rewarded: Consuming just two cups a day decreased the risk of death by almost a third.
Tea is a rich source of the flavonoids quercetin, kaempferol, and myricetin, and research shows that high dietry intake of these compounds is associated with a reduced risk of fatal heart attacks. In one study, people who drank about a cup and a half of tea per day were almost 40% less likely to suffer a heart attack compared to tea abstainers.
High Blood Pressure: Tea lovers may be surprised to learn their beverage of choice touts yet another health benefit: blood pressure control. Drinking a half-cup of green or oolong tea per day reduced a person's risk of high blood pressure by almost 50% in a new study. People who drank at least two and a half cups per day reduced their risk even more. Their risk was reduced even if they had risk factors for high blood pressure, such as high sodium intake.
Parkinson's Disease: Tea consumption may be protective against developing this debilitating neurological disorder.
Oral Health: Rinsing with tea may prevent cavities and gum disease.
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For a long time I drank my tea with milk because the milk seemed to cut the bitterness that I tasted in black tea. Then I read an article about bergamot, which is used to make Earl Grey tea.
The health benefits of Earl Grey are many, but here is one that is pertinent to the health of your teeth:
Bergamot oil: the health and aromatherapy benefits of Bergamot essential oil
What Are the Health Benefits of Earl Grey Tea?
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/97747-health-benefits-earl-grey-tea/#ixzz20cCmTUxJ
Fluoride is a natural ingredient of Earl Grey tea. It helps fight tooth decay and protects your teeth from cavities in a healthier way than the fluoride that is often added to city drinking water. Catechin is another substance found in Earl Grey that fights off oral infections.
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Remember, natural flouride is good for your teeth. The flouride that causes the break down of bone and the stupefication of your mind is the kind that is industrial waste.
The Earl Grey tea I use is Numi Organic Tea. I do not have to use milk to cut the bitterness. I can drink it as strong as I want, without experiencing any bitterness.
I buy it from http://www.vitacost.com.