Camellia Sinensis (Tea): Implications and Role in Preventing Dental Decay

Pharmacognosy Review,2013,7,14,152-156.
Published:October 2013
Type:Review Article
Author(s) affiliations:

Puneet Goenka1, Aditi Sarawgi2, Vinayak Karun3, Anant G Nigam1, Samir Dutta4, Nikhil Marwah1

1Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Mahatma Gandhi Dental College and Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, INDIA.

2Department of Prosthodontics, Krishnadevaraya College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Bangalore, INDIA.

3Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Dental Sciences, Rau, Indore, India 4 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Government Dental College, Rohtak, Haryana, INDIA.


Tea is one of the most commonly consumed beverages with bioactive compounds like polyphenols-flavonoids-catechins, which are thought to be responsible for the health benefits that have traditionally been attributed to the tea. These compounds have multi-dimensional effects such as antibacterial action, inhibitory action on the bacterial and salivary amylase and inhibition of acid production. This article outlines the possible role of these compounds coupled with the presence of high fluoride content in tea to exhibit an anticariogenic effect.