Posted by: Dealon Dental - A DC Dental Company | October 26, 2010

Dentist Supplies News: Can Black Tea Drinking Fight Cavities?

The health benefits of tea have long been discussed and researched. Teas contain antioxidants that are good for the health of our bodies, but researchers at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry believe that it may also be good for the health of our teeth.

The research team has found evidence that black tea and it’s components benefit oral health by interfering with the harmful plaque bacteria that causes gingivitis and cavities. Green tea and its wealth of benefits has long been studied by Eastern researchers, but what about black tea? Dr. Christina Wu, the lead researcher in the study, said that it was important we study the effects of Black Tea because 80 percent of the tea consumed in the Western part of the world is black tea.

Wu and her team ended up finding evidence that compounds in black teas are capable of killing the growth of the harmful acid in plaque’s bacteria. It was also found that black tea effects the bacterial enzyme glucosyltranferase which is responsible for the sticky material that plaque uses to adhere to teeth and erode the enamel.

So if your cavity-prone, coffee drinking patients are looking for more ways to fight the war on plaque, you can suggest drinking black tea in addition to regular use of dental hygiene products.

And as always, don’t forget that has all of the dentist supplies you need to get the job done!


  1. So it doesn’t mean that once you heard black, the color will be a dark one. 🙂 Thank you for posting this dental article. I would love to try this one. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the wonderful information..I will look forward to it..
    Dental Hygiene Continuing Education

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