How Green Tea Affects Dental Hygiene

For many people, drinking coffee is a daily ritual. It’s tasty and the caffeine boost makes the workday go by a lot faster, but bad breath, an afternoon energy crash, and stained teeth are not the price you should pay.

What if there was a drink that could give you all the same great benefits of coffee and then some? Let’s take a moment to talk about how green tea affects your dental hygiene and why the case for coffee just doesn’t hold water.

How Coffee Affects Your Dental Hygiene

Coffee – on its own – has some dental benefits. However, cream and sugar eliminate them as soon as you add them to your coffee. With all of this considered, coffee tends to give people bad breath, yellow teeth, and burns! The acidity in coffee can also weaken tooth enamel and increase your risk of developing cavities. Luckily, there are still ways to have a healthy smile and an espresso!

First things first – go to the dentist! Regular dental checkups are the best way to know what kind of shape your teeth are in. However, your dentist can’t clean up every mess, so the best thing you can do at home is to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes. There are even different kinds of toothpaste specially formulated for whitening or cavity protection! Just keep in mind, any changes you make to your dental regimen should be discussed with your dentist. 

Watch Out for Whitening Strips!

If brushing your teeth just isn’t making them as white as you hoped, you may consider investing in a bleaching agent like whitening strips. While they do help some people, there are a lot of downsides to that method of teeth whitening.

A study on home bleaching showed it has the potential to alter the texture and shape of your tooth enamel. This means your teeth can become weaker and less healthy even though your smile may appear whiter.

Also, drinking a tooth-staining beverage like coffee after the use of whitening strips increases the chance of having yellow teeth! So, if you whiten your teeth, you probably shouldn’t drink coffee anymore.

Green Tea and Dental Hygiene

Green tea has so many health benefits that we could dedicate an entire post just to that topic. However, we’re just covering one aspect of those health benefits in this post: how green tea positively affects your dental hygiene! 

Green tea has shown to reduce inflammation and limit the growth of bacteria in one’s mouth. Thanks to its disinfectant as well as its deodorant nature, green tea keeps your mouth fresh and clean which gets rid of bad breath.

Green tea is also good for strengthening the surfaces of your teeth. It helps prevent the formation of cavities and builds up the acid-resistance of your teeth (which protects your teeth). With green tea, your teeth will stay clean and strong!

It’s important to remember that just because green tea has plenty of health benefits, it does not “cancel out” the bad stuff when sugar and creamer are added. In fact, these two ingredients eliminate many of the health benefits found in green tea. However, there are alternatives to sugar and creamer to make matcha taste a little sweeter.

SweetenFX® to the Rescue!

SweetenFX® is so much more than just our proprietary sweetener. We combined stevia and erythritol to make this versatile sweetener. The combination of the two leaves a taste just like sugar, and with no aftertaste. And reports have shown just how much better stevia and erythritol are for your teeth. That’s right, we’ve got science on our side! 

Whatever you’re drinking, SweetenFX® makes it sweet and zero calories!

Stevia derives from the stevia plant. It’s naturally sweet and we use it today as an alternative to sugar. Stevia has shown to reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth compared to sugar. It has even shown to prevent the buildup of plaque – the first stage of tooth decay. Early tests suggest that stevia possesses “satisfactory antimicrobial activity” against most dental pathogens, but more research needs to be done.

Erythritol is a sugar alcohol, a different kind of sweetener than stevia. It’s similar to other sweeteners you may have heard of, such as sorbitol, xylitol, etc. However, unlike other sugar alcohols, erythritol has shown to decrease the growth and quantity of oral bacteria, plaque, and cavities in a person’s mouth.

Naturally, we put those two sweeteners together to create SweetenFX®! And because it measures one for one, you can put just as much SweetenFX® in your cup as you do sugar. Now that’s magic!

Best of Both Worlds

Yum Matcha® has all the health benefits of traditional green tea and more! It has up to 137 times the antioxidant power found in green tea and helps prevent cell damage and disease.

Each serving of Yum Matcha® is made using SweetenFX®. That means you can get the full dental benefits green tea, stevia, and erythritol. Plus, it tastes great!

With all the benefits of green tea, stevia, and erythritol loaded into one, Yum Matcha® is the perfect way to take care of your teeth and satisfy your sweet tooth. Check out our recipes for some sweet treats you can make using matcha powder!