Dental plaque & Gums inflammation: Green tea as an antidote?
Dental plaque and gingival inflammation are common Complaints that can in the long term, have far-reaching health consequences. A simple remedy for the complaints, however, could be rinsing with a mouthwash made from green tea.
Catechin-containing mouthwash made from green tea shows according to a recent study, a very positive effect against dental plaque (Plaque) and preventing subsequent inflammation of the gums (Gingivitis). In an overview of work the research team of Stefanie J. Garden of the University of Zurich has to work the available research on the effect of green tea against plaque and Gingivitis were evaluated. The results were published in the “Journal of Herbal Medicine”.
Health benefits of green tea
Green tea is regarded for various reasons as being particularly healthy. For example, it was demonstrated that green tea can protect the cardiovascular health, and the development of type 2 Diabetes prevents. Also ingredients of green tea have been considered as a natural antibiotic Alternative.
Evaluation of the available studies
In the current Meta-study, the researchers have now investigated the catechin-containing mouthwash green tea effect in the presence of Gingivitis in the dental plaque and the inflammation of the gums. On the Basis of a systematic review of the available literature published until January 2017 to the topic, the researchers have 187 studies identified, of which, however, only five of the Meta-analyses were suitable.
Dental plaque and gingival inflammation recorded
The five studies were conducted in a predominantly Asian population, with an assessment of the dental plaque and the gingival inflammation was based on certain index values. These were recorded at the beginning of the study, during and at the end of the investigation period. In addition, a comparison with conventional mouth rinses was performed on the Basis of chlorhexidine.
Significant reduction of dental plaque
The mouth rinses are green tea, according to a statement by the researchers to a significant reduction of dental plaque (compared to placebo) and achieved a similar effect, such as mouth rinses with chlorhexidine. In addition, there has been little evidence of side effects in the mouth, rinse it with green tea.
Natural Alternative to rinse your Mouth
“Mouth wash with green tea could be a useful Alternative to chlorhexidine, in particular, in the case of long-term use”, so the conclusion of the research team. Given the difficult data situation, more clinically, however, be initially controlled studies with a longer observation period is required before clear recommendations can be made. (fp)