It turns out matcha promotes good oral hygiene.
If you’ve read up on matcha, you know it’s hailed by many as a miracle beverage that’s loaded with powerful antioxidants. Boasting a long list of health benefits, matcha is good for pretty much everything, from providing a steady boost of energy and focus to combating age-related disease. It appears that matcha can do no wrong, but if you’re a proud member of team matcha, you might be wondering what effect it’s having on your teeth. Caffeine and tannins (found in beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine) can have a corrosive effect on tooth enamel, which may be a concern if you love your daily cups coffee and tea. The good news is, studies suggest that green tea might be the exception and may actually help fight cavities and gum disease, making it a great addition to your daily oral hygiene regime.
So, matcha-lovers, rejoice! There’s no need to cut back on the green stuff, or worry about your annual trips to the dentist. In fact, your matcha-drinking might be contributing to an even healthier mouth, as green tea has antimicrobial properties which help reduce cavity-causing bacteria. It also helps lower acidity levels in your saliva, which can help protect your tooth enamel from erosion. Plus, its bacteria-fighting properties work to fight bad breath.
Matcha fights bacteria and boosts your oral hygiene benefits.
Of course, there are plenty of bacteria in your mouth and matcha won’t fight them all, but the high levels of catechins and EGCG present in matcha may lower the levels of certain bacteria. Specifically, green tea has been found to target Streptococcus mutans and Porphyromonas gingivalis, bacteria which are significant contributors to tooth decay and gum disease. The high level of catechins in matcha also act as a plaque-scrubber, keeping your tooth enamel free of build up.
A cup of matcha sure beats regular rinsing with potentially toxic antiseptic mouthwashes like chlorhexidine, which can be hard on your digestive tract and cause oral irritation. Unlike medicated mouthwashes, a daily dose of matcha can help you keep healthy oral acidity levels without ingesting potentially harmful chemicals. But matcha not only helps you maintain good oral hygiene, it can also help you maintain good overall oral health. There’s evidence that the high level of EGCG in matcha not only fights bacteria, it also targets and kills cancer cells without harming healthy cells.
Something to smile about!
Good oral hygiene is just one more reason to get excited about matcha. If studies using brewed green tea yield such remarkable results, then the healing powers of matcha are no mystery. Matcha, made from the whole leaf, contains significantly higher levels of green tea’s healthy components, including those that promote strong teeth and bones. While matcha can help you keep your smile awesome, it’s really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to health benefits. What’s your reason for drinking matcha? Tell us in the comments below.