The effect of green tea on oral and dental health

Plants have been used for health protection and disease fighting since ancient times. In recent years, research has focused on the protective and therapeutic properties of plant extracts and products derived from them. Phytotherapy, which means treatment with herbs, is based on scientific foundations, research and clinical studies and is considered as an alternative treatment method.
Okan University Dental Hospital Restorative Dentistry Specialist Asst. Assoc. Dr. Dr. Yeşim Şeşen Uslu, ‘’ Plants, vegetables and fruits contain antioxidants. Antioxidants act against mad free radicals mad. Because of the doubts about synthetic antioxidants today, people prefer natural antioxidants (found in plants). There are many studies investigating the antioxidant effects of plant extracts in the literature. It is also contemplated that plant-derived products can be used as an alternative to commonly used chemicals in the treatment of dental plaque and oral diseases. Plants positively affect oral health with the synthesized pitochemicals. Inflammation control, detoxification, anticancer and weight loss effects are included with the polyphenols they contain. ’

In our country as well as in many countries in the world is consumed extensively in the content of the polyphenols in the content of dense, it is reported that a large part of catechins. Catechins in green tea have strong antioxidant properties and have anti-inflammatory effect. Previous studies have shown that green tea is effective in preventing oral cancer and there is an inverse relationship between consumption of green tea and the formation of gingival diseases. In addition, green tea again with catechin in the caries causing bacteria and enzymes by suppressing the teeth to prevent tooth decay by preventing adhesion has been revealed in previous studies. Green tea is also rich in fluoride, which is known to strengthen the structure of the teeth.

In recent years, there have been many studies investigating the effect of green tea on dental erosion, which means erosion of teeth.

Okan University Dental Hospital Restorative Dentistry Specialist Asst. Assoc. Dr. Yeşim Şeşen Uslu gave important information about tooth abrasions.

Tooth wear has become one of the most common problems today. Erosion from tooth erosion (acid-induced tooth erosion) is also an important and early tooth erosion. With the increase in the amount and frequency of consumption of acidic foods and beverages with the change in living conditions, the approaches towards the etiology, incidence, prevention and treatment of dental erosion have become increasingly important. Dental erosion is defined as the loss of dental hard tissue caused by chemical agents without any bacterial agent.

Since the main factors causing erosion depend on the habits of the individual, it is very difficult to control them. Therefore, treatment strategies are being developed to prevent erosion.

Gargling with green tea reduces dental erosion
To prevent tooth erosion, it is effective to reduce acid exposure, increase saliva flow, use demineralization and remineralization preparations and increase enamel acid resistance. Fluorine varnish, solution, gel applications, glass ionomer containing pit and fissure sealant, various toothpastes, lasers are some of them.

In 2009 and 2010, they stated that rinsing the mouth with green tea reduces dental erosion and erosion and can use it to prevent dental erosion. Also in 2009, green tea increased the hardness of the tooth and showed that it protects against dental erosion. In the light of scientific studies, it is thought that mouthwashing with green tea may have a preventive effect to reduce dental erosion.

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