A newly published study from Penn State University suggests that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) targets and destroys oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. EGCG, one of the polyphenols found in tea, has been found to help reduce cancer risks throughout the body, but this study is the first to examine specifically how the compound interacts with oral cancer.

Beaverton dentist Dr. Michael Negru takes a holistic approach to oral healthcare and supports the addition of tea to the diet for its many nutritional benefits. However, the addition of tea to your diet should not be seen as an adequate replacement for routine dental visits and oral cancer screenings – particularly if symptoms of oral cancer become present.

Symptoms of oral cancer may include:

  • Changes to skin inside of the mouth

  • Difficulties chewing or swallowing

  • Persistent sore throat

  • Ear pain

  • Hoarseness or changes to the voice

These symptoms may indicate a very serious problem and should be brought to the attention of Dr. Negru right away.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral cancer, please contact Bright Smile Dental Care to schedule a screening today. We welcome patients living in Beaverton, Aloha, and surrounding Oregon communities.