Tea and Teeth

Dr. Phillips,

I just purchased your book, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye, and I think it’s fantastic!

I drink 2-3 cups of green tea and sometimes a cup of black tea everyday (without any added sweetener or milk), and I would like to know what your opinion is of tea and teeth.

I have heard that tea (both green and black) helps to remove plaque from teeth.  Is this true in your experience?  If I drink tea after eating a xylitol mint, does that negate the positive effects of the xylitol?


Hi R,

Thanks so much for your support and for buying my book!

This was a nine year project for me quite a task.
I believe when you get to “food for teeth” you will come across tea in this chapter and find I agree that tea is good for teeth.
I would recommend eating some xylitol after tea especially if you put lemon in tea.
Xylitol’s main ability is to remove mouth acidity. Tea and coffee, although they help remove plaque, leave the mouth acidic.
To reduce staining I would suggest a Zellie mint after tea!
Please let me know if you have other questions,
Best Wishes,

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Rochester, NY 14623

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