Green Tea Removes Plaque Better Than Commercial Mouthwash


” Plaque forms when decay-causing bacteria attach to the surface of tooth enamel, forming a sticky film,” explains Dr Mervyn Druian, of the British Dental Association.


Streptococcus mutans is the primary harmful bacteria in the mouth. It causes plaque formation and is a leading contributor to cavities and tooth decay.

When plaque builds up on your teeth, it eats away at the enamel, causing cavities and decay. More than 80 percent of American adults suffer from periodontal disease caused by plaque formation.


Studies show that the catechins in green tea can inhibit the growth of streptococcus mutans.
The antibacterial and antioxidant properties of green tea were found to be beneficial in the treatment of gingival and periodontal diseases.

Because green tea controls bacteria and lowers the acidity of saliva and dental plaque, it may be a useful tool in preventing cavities.

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A recent Egypt-based study tested people before and after they gave their mouths a five-minute rinse with green tea. The test subjects had less bacteria and acid in their mouths, as well as reduced gum bleeding.

Other research has found that drinking green tea shows promise when it comes to preventing tooth decay.

In a 2011 study, researchers found that rinsing with green tea strongly inhibited the growth of the plaque bacteria on teeth within minutes. Just seven minutes after swishing with green tea, the number of harmful bacteria in the plaque scraped from participants’ teeth was nearly cut in half.

The catechins in green tea may inhibit the growth of bacteria and some viruses. This can lower the risk of infections and lead to improvements in dental health, a lower risk of caries and reduced bad breath.

Green tea consumption is associated with improved dental health and a lower risk of caries.


This mouthwash is a two-day process, however, you can make enough to use for several weeks.


  • 2 tablespoons green tea leaves
  • 2 cups of distilled water (must be distilled, for purity)
  • 10 drops of tincture of benzoin or 1 teaspoon tincture of myrrh, both available at pharmacies
  • 2 teaspoons dried herbs such as peppermint, spearmint, fennel or rosemary

How to make:

Boil the distilled water. In a glass jar, mix together the green tea leaves and herbs then pour the boiling water on top. Allow to cool, then cover with a tight-fitting lid and allow to steep overnight in the refrigerator.

The next day, strain the mixture. Add the benzoin (or myrrh tincture), shake well, and cover tightly. Keep in a cool cupboard. Use as a mouth wash or to treat sore gums.


Source: lifehealthandfood


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