Yesterday, Valentine’s Day being only a coincidence, my husband and I visited the dentist. Because of insurance changes, etc. our appointments were delayed a number of months. Both of us walked away with excellent check-ups. If your dentist measures your gums, as they’ve gotten in the habit of doing the last couple of years, “having no 4s or 5s” means something to you. All my husband’s numbers was 2 or 3 and I registered all 2s and 3s san one. This has never been the case before, at least for me, as I often have a number of 4s and even a handful of 5s.

It is quite possible a prominent reason we experienced this was because we drunk more tea in the last year than ever before.

“Tea seems to have a positive effect on your dental health. Drinking tea lowers your risk of developing cavities as well as gum disease. One study found that tea may reduce cavity formation by up to 75 percent. This happens for a number of reason. The fluoride content of the tea inhibits cavities from developing. Tea also seems to inhibit bacteria for adhering to tooth surfaces, while it also inhibits the rate of acid production of oral bacteria.”

–taken from SuperFoods by Steven G. Pratt, M.D., and Kathy Matthews

Dental health is only one benefit that qualifies tea as one of the fourteen “superfoods” listed.

Tea contains fluoride, flavonoids and has no calories.

Bottom line, there are many ways we work to better our physical health. However, tea is not a health fad as millenniums of drinking tea shows. Brewed right, with the right ingredients, tea becomes a daily pleasure. Dental health is only one of the many side benefits.