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We’re all aware of the an­tiox­i­dant ben­e­fits of green tea, but did you know it can ac­tu­ally ben­e­fit your den­tal health too?

A new Ja­panese study claims that the an­timi­cro­bial mol­e­cules in green tea, called cat­e­chins, can help to kill the bac­te­ria as­so­ci­ated with tooth de­cay and gum dis­ease.

Re­searchers at the To­hoku Uni­ver­sity Grad­u­ate School of Medicine looked at more than 25,000 peo­ple aged be­tween 40 and 64 and found that men who drank at least one cup of green tea a day were 19 per cent less likely to have fewer than 20 teeth (a full set, in­clud­ing wis­dom teeth, is 32), while women had 13 per cent lower odds.

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