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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 46-49

Green tea: Its potential health implications and other benefits

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Aurobindo College of Dental Sciences, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Science (SAIMS), Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences (KIDS), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2231-0738.153791

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Green tea has always been considered by the Chinese and the Japanese as a potent medicine for the maintenance of health, endowed with the power to prolong life. The health-promoting properties of the tea plant are often attributed to the active ingredients that include polyphenols. Ultimate antioxidative and bioactive potential of green tea in vivo is dependent on the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) properties of the catechins within the body after ingestion and the reducing properties of the resulting metabolites. It has antibacterial, antifungal, anticancerous, anticaries, antiperiodontitis properties; is effective for weight loss; and also arrests the exacerbation of pulpitis. Clinical applications of these potential benefits warrant further investigation through scientifically sound research prior to any definitive statements. The article was aimed to review the dental benefits of green tea as very few articles are documented. The literature was searched through Google search engine, EBSCOhost, and PubMed Central. Data were collected and the articles pertaining to dental implications were selected for this article.

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