You know how the midday seems to kick everyone in the butt. We get a little sleepy, sometimes hungry and all around sluggish. This is the time of the day when the coffeepot gets brewing and many people are reaching for a snack. Why not replace these habits with an afternoon tea time? It's no coincidence that tea has been around since the 16th century, and it has been used as a source of healing for many ailments. What do you do when you're sick - reach for a steamy cup of tea! Tea also boasts a wide range of benefits for your mouth. It can help eliminate bad breath, dry mouth and helps get rid of plaque.
Green tea is one of the best kinds of tea you can consume for your mouth and body. As a superfood, it is incredibly rich in antioxidants, which can help get rid of toxins in our bodies. Drinking green tea can improve your overall oral health by killing bacteria that causes bad breath - it even inhibits the bacteria from growing in the first place if you routinely sip on a cup of green tea.
At the midway point in any day, we often reach for a cup of coffee to get us to the finish line, but nabbing some green tea can be much more beneficial. Although it doesn't contain as much caffeine as coffee, it does contain some. You may not need as much caffeine as you think you do, plus the other health benefits of green tea can push you through. Green tea - like any other tea - is made from plants, so it's rich with vitamins and minerals that should be in our daily diets. Try not to add sugar to this hot beverage, because sugar feeds the bacteria that causes bad breath in our mouths, but if you can't stand the taste of a bare cup of tea, revert to honey or raw sugar.
A lesser known tea, sage tea, offers extensive benefits that can assist oral health. You may have heard of burning sage in the home because of its healing and medicinal properties, but did you ever think that this could improve your oral health? Drinking sage tea offers the same calming benefits, and being stressed out plays a huge role in dry mouth. But the oral health benefits don't end here. Sage helps soothe an upset stomach (acid from stomach aches causes bad breath), and it can also be used as an anti-inflammatory to help with mouth sores, a sore throat or swollen tonsils. To make sage tea, just boil one cup of water with about a teaspoon of dried sage. After the sage has done its job, strain the herb and sip.
Benefits of other teas
No matter what kind of tea you are drinking, there are health benefits. Black tea can help reverse oral cancers in individuals who smoke, Rooibos tea contains fluoride to clean the teeth, chamomile tea does wonders to the digestive system and has antibacterial properties to help fight bacteria in the mouth, and nettle tea can help relieve allergies and asthma symptoms which can cause oral health issues. Adding tea into any diet will be beneficial, and there are countless other reasons why tea is a great beverage to drink - hot or cold.
Adding tea into your daily intake in conjunction with healthy oral health practices will ensure that your breath stays minty fresh and your teeth pearly white.