Scientists have found that regular consumption of green tea could help to lower a person's need for emergency private dentistry.
Green tea has long been consumed for its perceived health properties, which are thought to include benefits for weight and cholesterol management.
Now, scientists at Kyushu University in Japan have found that the popular beverage may also protect against problems with the gums and teeth.
The researchers studied 940 men and found that those who regularly drank green tea had fewer symptoms of periodontal disease.
Their findings are now published in the Journal of Periodontology.
Dr David Cochran, chair of the department of periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Centre at San Antonio, observed that maintaining healthy gums is thought to be "absolutely critical" to overall health.
"That is why it is so important to find simple ways to boost periodontal health, such as regularly drinking green tea - something already known to possess certain health-related benefits," he noted.