Did you forgot to brush your teeth before leaving the house this morning? Don’t judge me, it happens. Are you on your way to a meeting and not sure about how fresh your breath is? On a date and ate too much onion? We have all been in situations where we are not confident in how fresh our breath is. What if the solution was as easy as sipping a cup of tea, I mean you were going to have one anyways.
Do a quick search online and you will find people advising that tea will deodorize just about anything: rooms, shoes, skin and even breath. Tea is naturally great at absorbing odors, that is one of the reasons that taking care to store your tea away from strong smelling items like spices is important. Not only is tea fragrant and good at absorbing odors, there is an increasing body of evidence indicating a beneficial role of tea and its polyphenols in oral health.
In a 2015 study using green tea extract, evidence was found that suggests polyphenols that are found in tea have a number of properties that reduce and inhibit S. moorei, a bacterium that is a contributor to halitosis.
In a 2008 study, researchers compared green tea powder, as well as other foods which claimed to control halitosis and their effectiveness on reducing volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs). VSCs are produced in the mouth and are one of the causes of halitosis. They found the green tea powder to be very effective in reducing VSCs.
I want to finish off this post by saying that while I do think tea has benefits, I believe through the spread of misinformation the benefits we often hear about are exaggerated and misleading. I urge you to remember that many findings in scientific studies have been later shown to not be true or to not be the whole picture. That being said, while having a cup of tea may not be a cure all for every ailment, It is delicious, brings you pleasure and it doesn’t hurt.