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Why Dentists LOVE Matcha

By Eric Gower Sep 26, 2014

Why Dentists LOVE Matcha

“Would you care for a cup of matcha?” asked my DENTAL HYGIENIST the other day at the end of my cleaning. As you might imagine, this piqued my interest.

My dentist, it turns out, has had a lengthy love affair with matcha. He loves all the usual things many of us love about matcha, but he especially loves what matcha does for overall dental health.

The exceedingly high catechin (notably EGCG) content of matcha is what interests him most. These catechins have antibacterial effects, and in essence they act as microscopic plaque scrubbers that can help prevent cavity formation and periodontal disease.

Because they inhibit the growth of the bacteria that cause plaque, this dentist has come to think of a cup or glass of matcha after a meal as a delicious liquid floss. And, for that matter, a mouthwash, since these catechins inhibit the bacteria that cause bad breath as well. Unlike coffee, matcha won’t stain your teeth either. Not bad added bonuses for a delicious postprandial shot of matcha.

Here's what Steve H said:

"More than a year ago I switched from coffee and black tea in the morning to only matcha. I have matcha 7 days a week as my wakeup drink.

Recently I went to the dentist and the hygienist told me that my teeth were surprisingly cleaner than normal. She had to remove only a slight amount of tartar. When she asked if I had been doing anything differently I told her that I had switched to matcha tea and she said, "That's it. I've seen this in other patients who also switched to green tea."

So if oral hygiene is a priority for you, you now have yet another reason drink it!

Eric is the founder and chief matcha evangelist at Breakaway Matcha. He's also an author, ghostwriter, editor, cooking instructor, and private chef. For 16 years, he lived and worked in Japan, where he took deep dives into all things matcha, food, literature, arts, and culture. Eric is the author of three cookbooks: The Breakaway Cook, The breakaway Japanese Kitchen, and Eric's Kitchen. He lives and works in Marin County, CA.