Winter is here in the Lowcountry. Although our really cold days may be few compared to those in the north, the brisk weather still sparks our desire for comfort food and warm beverages. It is a perfect time to give your dental health a daily boost with a warm cup of green tea. It has just enough caffeine to give your metabolism a little boost, but only a fraction of that found in coffee. Green tea has been in the healthy body spotlight for quite some time…and for good reason. It is loaded with antioxidants, which are thought to decrease incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. In addition, a study published in the Journal of Periodontology indicates that drinking at least one cup of green tea per day can increase the health of your gums! Researchers say that green tea’s ability to help reduce symptoms of periodontitis (gum disease) may be primarily due to the presence of the antioxidant catechin. The study analyzed the periodontal health of 940 men, and found that those who drank green tea on a regular basis had an improvement in three different indicators of periodontitis. This is a huge benefit since we now know that decreasing the effects of periodontal disease (gum disease) may decrease your risk for heart disease! Making your own fresh with no additives is your best bet. The prepackaged types can be high in citric acid and sugar, which contribute to tooth decay Our favorite?...PG Tips Pure Green Tea. Reference:Relationship Between Intake of Green Tea and Periodontal Disease. Journal of Periodontology, Vol. 80, No. 3, 2009.