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Are Good Bacteria the 'Qii' to a Healthy Smile?

It seems like there isn’t a week that goes by that we don’t hear about probiotics or other natural remedies being researched to improve our health the natural way. Products like yogurt, kimchi, pickles, and sauerkraut are all said to have probiotics – living microorganisms, or “good bacteria” that, when consumed, benefit the body in some way. Probiotics may be tiny, but they can make a big impact, doing everything from improving digestive health to clearing up skin to reducing depression. But now, a new product called Qii claims it can improve another vital system in your body: your oral health.

But while this sounds all well and good, can it really do all it claims to do? Here’s a closer look at the new Qii line of probiotic teas.
Created by a man named Ted Jin, Qii teas use the natural probiotic powers of many different varieties of teas to fight plaque and cavities naturally. Jin has an electrical engineering background but spent his formative years working in product development for Proctor and Gamble, the company behind such popular oral health brands as Crest and Oral-B. Suffice it to say, he knows a bit about oral health.

Currently, Qii teas are available in five flavors, each of which boasts its own probiotic benefits, as well as added Xylitol for both its sweetness and cavity-fighting powers. The flavors are:

  • Oolong
  • Lemongrass Ginger
  • White Peach
  • Pomegranate
  • Lychee

So, why tea? Well, according to the team at Qii, tea is packed with naturally occurring compounds called polyphenols. These compounds can actually stop the growth of many kinds of bad bacteria found in the mouth, including s mutans and p gingivalis. Green tea, in particular, was found to reduce acid in the mouth, protecting tooth enamel.

Another common type of tea, black tea, contains theaflavins, which not only protect the mouth against bacteria, but they can also reduce inflammation in the gums. Oolong tea has been found to reduce the production of acid, balancing the Ph level of the mouth!

So, should you drink Qii for your oral health? Well, that’s up to you. At $23 for 12 cans, it’s not for every budget – but the good news is a box of basic green, black or oolong tea bags at your local grocery store costs much less and lasts a lot longer. Want iced tea? Just brew a pot of any of these teas and pour them over ice. Sweeten with xylitol (about $10 a pound on Amazon) and voila. Freshly brewed iced tea that’s good for your teeth!

Questions or concerns about your oral health? Give Dr. Hill’s office a call at (469) 640-9550.

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