A new study from Penn State has found that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) a compound found in green tea, actually targets oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. According to the study’s authors, EGCG damages the mitochondria of cancerous cells, resulting in the formation of reactive oxygen species. These species cause oxidative stress while increasing the protective capabilities of the cell.

Research like this tends to focus on green tea, but EGCG is actually found in all teas that come from the camellia sinensis plant. This includes green, white, black, and oolong teas, but not herbal or roobois teas.

Fairfax family dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban recommends taking steps to prevent oral cancer such as not using tobacco products or consuming excessive amounts of alcohol. Adding one or two cups of tea to your day can also be integrated into your larger healthcare routine. If you being to notice signs of oral cancer such as changes to skin inside the mouth, Dr. Marzban can provide you with screening as a stand-alone service or as part of your routine visits to our office.

To schedule your oral cancer screening with Fairfax dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban, please contact us today.